Duterte vows to 'correct' all government contracts before end of term

Duterte vows to 'correct' all government contracts before end of term

On the second half of his six year term, the President gave a promise to do before he steps down from Malacanang.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte vowed to “correct” all government contracts before he steps down from being the Chief Executive as now he awaits the outcome of the renegotiated water concession deals covering the government and the two water giants – Manila Water and Maynilad.

Duterte has directed the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to check all of government’s existing contracts.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
(photo credit to ABS-CBN)

"All contracts that are prejudicial to the Filipino people will be corrected. 'Yan ang maaasahan mo (you can expect that), within the limited time left for me in office, sabi ko, I will correct everything, including contracts that are not to the best interest of the Filipino people," Duterte, whose term ends in 2022, told broadcaster Ted Failon.

All government contracts with different private firms will be put under the scrutiny after the much publicized “onerous” contracts agreed with the two water giant water concessionaires.

Earlier this week the government gave the two water concessionaires a “take it or leave it” new water agreement and it will be refused, Duterte said  he would order the cancellation of their existing concessions and the “nationalization of water services” in their respective areas.

"They appear to be enriching themselves at the expense of the Filipino people, and ano ko (my issue) is you agree to this new contract but I cannot give a guarantee that no charges will be filed," Duterte said.

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