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Duterte Administration Aims to Finish the New Water Contracts Before 2020

The Duterte administration is now aiming to complete a revision of the water concession contract earlier than 2019 ends. This drafting of recent model will eradicate provisions that president Duterte discovered onerous and clearly not in favor to the curiosity of the federal government and most people. Aside from its problematic extension grant which was already deemed legitimate till 2037 when in legality the 1997 settlement was set to run out in 2022, President Duterte, together with the Justice division, found that there are dozens extra burdensome provisions within the contract, then signed by president Fidel V. Ramos throughout his time period after which prolonged by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2009. 


One specific instance that could be very worrying is the proscription of the federal government from interfering with the price-setting and from insurances in case of doable losses. Prohibiting the federal government from meddling would enable these two large distributors take benefit on the buyer. This is among the fundamental explanation why the contract is being scrutinized proper now. However, it was additionally thought that that is president Duterte’s intelligent response to the penalties (P10.eight billion) that Manila Water and Maynilad wished to gather from the federal government. 


Regarding the crafting of the brand new water concession settlement, Justice Sec. Menardo I. Guevarra mentioned:

“We are still forming our team that will come up with the government version of the water concessionaire agreements. We hope to be able to come up with the revised version of a water concession agreement that has not include the onerous provisions… before the year is over”.

Economic sabotage and financial plunder

In additional speeches, President Duterte threatened the two large water conglomerates in regards to the alternative ways his authorities can take over the water provide. Aside from stating that he can order the Armed Forces of the Philippines to handle the water operation if these firms don’t cooperate, he additionally mentioned he can droop the Writ of Habeas Corpus for these billionaires so he can ship them to jail for financial plunder and sabotage. Strangely sufficient, on one other event President Duterte additionally said that he can create a “revolutionary government” to take care of the issue if issues get worst.


Fidel Ramos, as a president who signed the 1997 concession settlement and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, because the president throughout its extension within the 12 months 2009, would possibly probably face expenses of graft as “conspirators” of the onerous concession settlement that the president needs to reform. Regarding this challenge, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo mentioned:

“If they (Ramos and Arroyo) are part of the conspiracy, they can be sued. If they are not, they cannot be charged”. 

Meanwhile, concerning the president’s warnings to those 2 large tycoons, Randy Estrellado, the chief working officer of Maynilad mentioned final week: 

“We understand where they’re coming from and we are willing to sit down and look at the concession…We are fairly confident that we did nothing wrong.”


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