MMDA exec axed for flood mess: report

Posted at 08/10/2012 8:10 PM | Updated as of 08/11/2012 11:57 AM

MANILA, Philippines - An official of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) was axed for his alleged failure to keep a Taguig pumping station operational when floods hit the city, a radio dzMM report said Friday.

ABS-CBN correspondent Anthony Taberna said MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino ordered MMDA flood control division director Baltazer Melgar relieved of duty after a pumping station in Taguig ran out of gasoline last Wednesday.

He was replaced by Engineer Maxima Quiambao, also of the MMDA flood control division.

The report said the city government had to donate 2,500 liters of gas for the pumping station after it conked out for lack of gas from 2 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Tolentino reportedly sacked Melgar after receiving complaints about the incident.