Duterte ready for water woes

Published December 13, 2019, 12:31 PM

by Dr. Eduardo Gonzales

By Genalyn Kabiling 

President Duterte warned Manila Water Company, Inc. and Maynilad Water Services, Inc. not to threaten him with potential water shortage lest he would be forced to order the military to take over water distribution operations.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
(ALBERT ALCAIN / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

He issued the warning on Thurs­day as he also threatened to suspend the privilege of writ of habeas corpus to effect arrest on persons behind what he described as onerous conces­sion agreement.

“Sabi ko sa kanila… huwag mo akong laruan na takut-takutin ninyo ako na sige, magsibat kami, bahala wala kayong tubig. I will order the Armed Forces to operate your water. Sige, sundalo, take over kayo (I told them, don’t toy with me and scare me that you will leave us without water. I will order the Armed Forces to operate your water. I’ll tell the solders to take over),” he said during the inaugura­tion of the Tent at Vista Global South in Las Piñas last Thursday.

“Then, I will declare the suspen­sion of the writ of habeas corpus but only against economic sabo­teurs,” he said. “Pag niloko niyo ako, kapag niloko niyo ang Pilipino (If you de­ceive me, deceive the Filipinos), I will suspend the writ of habeas corpus and I will arrest all of you. Gusto kong makita ang mga bilyonaryo na nakakulong (I want to see billionaires in jail),” he said.

Outraged by the alleged irregular water deals, the President threat­ened anew to file charges against the persons involved in the 25-year concession contracts sealed in 1997 for economic plunder.

Duterte claimed that the two water firms are more than just “big fishes” caught by the government’s net. “Sabi niyo (You say) all these years, how many presidents, where’s the big fish? Oh, eto buwya na ito pu*****nang to, dalawa (Ok, here are the two son of a b*tch croco­diles),” he said.

He said the two companies are now running scared and offering to settle the issue with the government following his outburst over the water deals.

“Sabi ko, kita mo takot ang mga yawa. Offer dito, we will not collect (I said, look at these devils run­ning scared, offering ‘we will not collect)…. Ako, I’ll just prepare the charges. Kapag hindi tayo nagka-intindihan dito, economic plun­der (I’ll just prepare the economic plunder charges if we don’t reach an understanding). Economic plunder there is no bail,” he said.

Duterte said both Ayala and Pan­gilinan should “better start to pray” as he deplored the alleged irregular provisions in the water concession contracts.

READ MORE: Duterte in latest rebuke of Ayala, Pangilinan

“Ayala, pati si Panginilian, do you think, naku. You better start to pray. Alam mo si Digong abogado (To Ayala and Pangilinan, do you think? Before being the President, I am a Filipino and I was financed by my mother and father,)” Duterte said.

“Itong si Ayala at si Pangilinan, water boy lang natin yan. T*** i** nila. Ang trabaho nila taga-deliver lang ng tubig (Ayala and Pangilinan are just our water boys. Son of a b*tch. Their only job is to deliver water),” he said.

Under the contracts, Duterte lamented that the government “sur­rendered” the right to regulate water rate adjustments and is required to pay indemnity in case of such inter­ference.

Recently, the two water compa­nies offered to revisit the contracts for possible amendments as well as drop their compensation claims ordered by an arbitration court in Singapore. The offer was made through letters sent by tycoons Manny Pangilinan for Maynilad and Fernando Zobel de Ayala for Manila Water to the Presi­dent. The President, however, opted to study the matter before taking the next course of action, according to the Palace.

Earlier, a furious Duterte deplored the two water companies’ alleged onerous concession agreements with the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, saying the country surrendered its sovereignty in the deals.

Among the provisions found ir­regular by the President were the prohibition against government interference in rate-setting and in­demnities for losses in case of such state interference.

Duterte also criticized the exten­sion of the contracts to 2037 that was granted several years before conces­sion agreement expires in 2022.

No taxes paid

He likewise said the two water concessionaires have not paid their income taxes and, instead, passed the burden to their customers and focused on earning profits.

READ MORE: Gov’t determined to recover corporate income tax payments passed on by water firms to Filipinos

Duterte was also furious that the water firms were demanding environmental fees from customers without building sufficient water treatment facilities as required by law.

“Instead of paying the tax, tayo ang pinagbayad. Tayo ang kinukunan ng pera. So kukunin talaga natin sa kanila ‘yan because it is an immoral contract (Instead of paying the tax, we are the ones being charged. They get the money from us so we will re­ally receive the money from them),” he said.

“Yung corporate income tax nila will be passed on to the consumers. Bale, wala silang bayad. Ang mag­bayad yung consumers (The corpo­rate income tax will be passed on to the consumers. They don’t pay. The consumers are the ones paying),” he added.

Duterte also pressed the two companies to return the money col­lected from customers over failure to establish wastewater treatment facilities as required by law.

“The water treatment that they promised that would be built dyan sa Harrison. And that started, that was collected 1997 when these con­tracts started to end up in 2037,” he said.

“By this time, sir bilyon na iyon. Tapos baka lahat-lahat trillion. Wala na sila. Ibalik nila yung binayad nila, yung kinuha nila (By this time that will be billions, maybe even tril­lions. They will go bust. They should return the money they got from us),” he said.

Duterte also alleged the two com­panies have unfairly passed on to customers the expenses of repairing their facilities. “That’s supposed to be their expense. But they only want profits,” he said.

The Supreme Court recently im­posed a fine amounting to almost P2 billion on the two water conces­sionaires for violation of the county’s Clean Water Act. The companies were accused of failure to put up sufficient sewerage treatment facilities in vio­lation of the law.

READ MORE: No compromise on water feud – Panelo

 
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Duterte ready for water woes

Published December 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Genalyn Kabiling 

President Duterte warned Manila Water Company, Inc. and Maynilad Water Services, Inc. not to threaten him with potential water shortage lest he would be forced to order the military to take over water distribution operations.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
(ALBERT ALCAIN / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

He issued the warning on Thurs­day as he also threatened to suspend the privilege of writ of habeas corpus to effect arrest on persons behind what he described as onerous conces­sion agreement.

“Sabi ko sa kanila… huwag mo akong laruan na takut-takutin ninyo ako na sige, magsibat kami, bahala wala kayong tubig. I will order the Armed Forces to operate your water. Sige, sundalo, take over kayo (I told them, don’t toy with me and scare me that you will leave us without water. I will order the Armed Forces to operate your water. I’ll tell the solders to take over),” he said during the inaugura­tion of the Tent at Vista Global South in Las Piñas last Thursday.

“Then, I will declare the suspen­sion of the writ of habeas corpus but only against economic sabo­teurs,” he said. “Pag niloko niyo ako, kapag niloko niyo ang Pilipino (If you de­ceive me, deceive the Filipinos), I will suspend the writ of habeas corpus and I will arrest all of you. Gusto kong makita ang mga bilyonaryo na nakakulong (I want to see billionaires in jail),” he said.

Outraged by the alleged irregular water deals, the President threat­ened anew to file charges against the persons involved in the 25-year concession contracts sealed in 1997 for economic plunder.

Duterte claimed that the two water firms are more than just “big fishes” caught by the government’s net. “Sabi niyo (You say) all these years, how many presidents, where’s the big fish? Oh, eto buwya na ito pu*****nang to, dalawa (Ok, here are the two son of a b*tch croco­diles),” he said.

He said the two companies are now running scared and offering to settle the issue with the government following his outburst over the water deals.

“Sabi ko, kita mo takot ang mga yawa. Offer dito, we will not collect (I said, look at these devils run­ning scared, offering ‘we will not collect)…. Ako, I’ll just prepare the charges. Kapag hindi tayo nagka-intindihan dito, economic plun­der (I’ll just prepare the economic plunder charges if we don’t reach an understanding). Economic plunder there is no bail,” he said.

Duterte said both Ayala and Pan­gilinan should “better start to pray” as he deplored the alleged irregular provisions in the water concession contracts.

READ MORE: Duterte in latest rebuke of Ayala, Pangilinan

“Ayala, pati si Panginilian, do you think, naku. You better start to pray. Alam mo si Digong abogado (To Ayala and Pangilinan, do you think? Before being the President, I am a Filipino and I was financed by my mother and father,)” Duterte said.

“Itong si Ayala at si Pangilinan, water boy lang natin yan. T*** i** nila. Ang trabaho nila taga-deliver lang ng tubig (Ayala and Pangilinan are just our water boys. Son of a b*tch. Their only job is to deliver water),” he said.

Under the contracts, Duterte lamented that the government “sur­rendered” the right to regulate water rate adjustments and is required to pay indemnity in case of such inter­ference.

Recently, the two water compa­nies offered to revisit the contracts for possible amendments as well as drop their compensation claims ordered by an arbitration court in Singapore. The offer was made through letters sent by tycoons Manny Pangilinan for Maynilad and Fernando Zobel de Ayala for Manila Water to the Presi­dent. The President, however, opted to study the matter before taking the next course of action, according to the Palace.

Earlier, a furious Duterte deplored the two water companies’ alleged onerous concession agreements with the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, saying the country surrendered its sovereignty in the deals.

Among the provisions found ir­regular by the President were the prohibition against government interference in rate-setting and in­demnities for losses in case of such state interference.

Duterte also criticized the exten­sion of the contracts to 2037 that was granted several years before conces­sion agreement expires in 2022.

No taxes paid

He likewise said the two water concessionaires have not paid their income taxes and, instead, passed the burden to their customers and focused on earning profits.

READ MORE: Gov’t determined to recover corporate income tax payments passed on by water firms to Filipinos

Duterte was also furious that the water firms were demanding environmental fees from customers without building sufficient water treatment facilities as required by law.

“Instead of paying the tax, tayo ang pinagbayad. Tayo ang kinukunan ng pera. So kukunin talaga natin sa kanila ‘yan because it is an immoral contract (Instead of paying the tax, we are the ones being charged. They get the money from us so we will re­ally receive the money from them),” he said.

“Yung corporate income tax nila will be passed on to the consumers. Bale, wala silang bayad. Ang mag­bayad yung consumers (The corpo­rate income tax will be passed on to the consumers. They don’t pay. The consumers are the ones paying),” he added.

Duterte also pressed the two companies to return the money col­lected from customers over failure to establish wastewater treatment facilities as required by law.

“The water treatment that they promised that would be built dyan sa Harrison. And that started, that was collected 1997 when these con­tracts started to end up in 2037,” he said.

“By this time, sir bilyon na iyon. Tapos baka lahat-lahat trillion. Wala na sila. Ibalik nila yung binayad nila, yung kinuha nila (By this time that will be billions, maybe even tril­lions. They will go bust. They should return the money they got from us),” he said.

Duterte also alleged the two com­panies have unfairly passed on to customers the expenses of repairing their facilities. “That’s supposed to be their expense. But they only want profits,” he said.

The Supreme Court recently im­posed a fine amounting to almost P2 billion on the two water conces­sionaires for violation of the county’s Clean Water Act. The companies were accused of failure to put up sufficient sewerage treatment facilities in vio­lation of the law.

READ MORE: No compromise on water feud – Panelo

 
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