Pres. Duterte threatens military takeover of 2 giant firms' water distribution

Pres. Duterte threatens military takeover of 2 giant firms' water distribution

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will not let the issue on water sitting down,

A day after the two water concessionaires publicly said that they will no longer pursue the combined amount of P10.8 billion awarded to them by the Permanent Court of Arbitration based in Singaporeas compensation for losses the both water company incurred when it was not allowed to raise tariffs from June 1, 2015 to Nov. 22, 2019, the President made another threat against them.

In the birthday celebration of former Senate President Manny Villar in Las Piñas Citythreatened the 2 giant water firms of military takeover of the water distribution system in the Philippine capitalas he warned the Ayala and Pangilinan led firms to refrain from using water shortage as a scare tactic.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
(photo credit to PNA)

The Chief executive warned Manila Water and Maynilad not to force his hand or, he might  also suspend the writ of habeas corpus for the "economic saboteurs."
"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… Sige, sundalo, take over kayo," he said 
(Don't scare me with a water shortage. I will order the Armed Forces, the soldiers to take over.)

“'Pag niloko mo ako, kapag niloko mo ang Pilipino (If you trick me, trick the Filipinos), I will suspend the writ of habeas corpus and I will arrest all of you," Duterte said.
"Gusto kong makita ang mga bilyonaryo na nakakulong," he added.
(I want to see billionaires in jail.)

Not Big Fish, but Crocodiles

The President is insistent that the water concession contracs are “onerous”, and that both the Pangilinan-led Maynilad and Ayala-owned Manila Water were more than a "big fish," and are "crocodiles."
"Sabi ko, kita mo takot ang mga yawa. Offer dito, we will not collect...I’ll just prepare the charges," Pres. Duterte said.
(Look at them, they're now scared, offering to drop their claims...I'll just prepare the charges.)
“Sabi niyo, all these years, how many presidents, where’s the big fish? Oh ito buwaya na ito p*t*ng*n*ng ito (this is a crocodile)," he added.

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