Duterte to run after Drilon re "onerous" water deals

Duterte to run after Drilon re "onerous" water deals




President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is making sure everybody who is at fault for the previous “onerous water agreements” with the two giant concessionaires that is Manila Water and Maynilad.

He has vowed to go after Liberal Party senator Franklin Drilon if the lawmaker was proven to be involved in the alleged irregular contract that resulted to the government being at the disadvantage and in favor of the two water companies owned by Ayala and MVP group of Companies.



The Chief Executive made the statement amidst the government’s plan to sign a new deal with Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Co. Inc. after claiming that their existing contract was “onerous” and therefore “null and void.”

Liberal Party's Senator Franklin Drilon
(photo credit to owner)


“That contract was approved by lawyers now in government. I hope Drilon is not one of them. Kasi (Because) when I decide to — ide-demanda ko talaga (I will really press charges). I will file the charges of — it’s either plunder or syndicated estafa,” Duterte said during his visit to Batangas checking on the Taal situation.
“At nasabi that the economy will slow down. Sabi ko, “What can I do? There is a serious violation of the Constitution.” As a matter of fact, that contract right at the beginning was null and void,” he added.

Metro Manila and nearby provinces assured





Duterte assured the residents of Manila and nearby provinces that they would not lose access to water if government would take over the operations of the two water distribution giants.

“Huwag kayong matakot. Maputol tubig? Hindi man… (Do not be afraid about losing water. It won’t happen). P*******a, (Expletive), I will expropriate. I-nationalize ko ‘yang tubig. I will take over,” Duterte said.

“Eh karaming military diyan na marunong. Simple lang man ‘yan. We have enough technical people in the military to do it,” he added.


 Drilon onced warned Duterte




It might be recalled that Duterte urged the opposition senator  to tell the truth recalling that the senator once warned him about tinkering with the contracts because the government would end up paying billions of pesos.
“I’m ready to go down. Hindi kita tinatakot. Pero ‘pag bumagsak ako, dadalhin talaga kita. I will — I will… I’m not — I’m not — takot-takot (I’m not trying to scare you but if I go down,I will drag you down. I’m not afraid). I’m not challenging you. Just tell the people the truth.
You read the contract aloud and say if it is good for the people,” Duterte has said.
“Do not f*** with me — takutin mo ako (you’re trying to scare me by saying), billions of pesos. If I go down, you go down. I am ready anytime. I’m ready to be destroyed anytime.


But I will also destroy [you] because you destroyed my country,” he added.










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Report from Manila Times

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