Duterte govt 3-0 against oligarchs Lucio Tan, MVP-Salim group, Ayalas, Lopez is next?

Duterte govt 3-0 against oligarchs Lucio Tan, MVP-Salim group, Ayalas, Lopez is next?

One down! More to go?
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in his speech before soldiers in Jolo, Sulu said that even without declaring martial law he was able to bring down one oligarch.

The President made that speech days after the House committee denial of the legislative franchise application of the Lopez-controlled ABS-CBN Corporation.
Tan, Pangilinan, Ayala
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But Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque is denying that the Lopezes are not the oligarchs Duterte is referring to.
“He’s referring po the oligarchies that he has dealt with personally, nandiyan po iyong unang away niya with Lucio Tan pero nagbayad po ng pagkakautang sa airport si Lucio Tan at nandiyan po iyong mga water concessionaires ‘no,” said Roque in a briefing.
“At dahil talaga namang sinabihan niya, talagang baguhin ninyo ang kontrata, hindi dapat maging agrabyado ang taumbayan, kung hindi ay ipakukulong ko kayo ‘no at pumayag naman po na magkaroon ng amended concession agreement ang dalawang taipans na MVP Group at ang Ayala Group,” he added.

It may be remembered last October of 2017, President Duterte demanded from Lucio Tan to pay the P6 billion liabilities his Philippine Airlines (PAL) owed to the government or he would shut down Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2, which PAL has been using exclusively since 1999. Tan immediately paid it up.
In December 2019, The President made a threat of military takeover of Maynilad Water Services of Salim-MVP group and Manila Water of the Ayalas if both companies would insists on collecting the P10 billion compensation as awarded by an arbitral court based in Singapore.

After which both companies agreed not to pursue the collection of the court award and has agreed for a review of onerous terms in their contracts tagged by the President.
In June 2020, Duterte apologized to the Ayalas and  Salim-MVP for his hurtful words.

The Presidential spokesperson reiterated that Duterte has nothing to do with the rejection of the legislative franchise of the Lopez controlled Kapamilya network.
“Palagi naman niyang sinasabi sa mga talumpati niya iyong mga oligarchs na talagang siya mismo ang bumuwag ‘no. Ito naman pong kaso kasi ng ABS-CBN eh kaso po na nag-expire ang prangkisa at hindi po na-renew ng Kongreso,” said Roque.

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