"They are now up against a Chief Executive who knows what he is doing."
Water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water said they are “willing to sit down” with the Duterte administration to address its concerns on the contracts forged between them and the previous administrations.
Unfortunately for them, President Rodrigo Duterte will no longer put up with their crap. Finally, these monstrous profiteers have been unmasked after decades of duping the public out of their own natural resource of water.
Apparently, these companies’ bigshot execs have been accustomed to having the government decision makers bow to them, submitting to their wishes.
Now, Manong Digong wants to publicly expose the identities of the culprits and their partners in crime behind the shamelessly onerous deals they got the government into.
Again unfortunately for them, they are now up against a Chief Executive who knows what he is doing and who knows he can scrap those deals and trash them altogether.
If the Duterte administration can lock up a former Justice secretary-turned-senator for dealing drugs, then it is not farfetched that he can throw these water firm execs in jail for “economic sabotage” and their cohorts for “plunder.”
The irony of it all, the stupid decision of the Singapore-based international arbitral court ordering the Philippine government to pay the water firms tens of billions of pesos in “lost profit” came just months after the agonizing water crisis our people were subjected to.
The President is firm on his position that the government not honor the “illegal contract” with Maynilad and Manila Water, who actually owes the government in corporate taxes.
Maybe it is time to make them pay instead by having the government, with the help of the Armed Forces, take over the water distribution in Metro Manila and suburbs serviced by Maynilad and Manila Water. It was to the disadvantage and detriment of the public that this form of public utility was fully privatized in the first place.
They can’t just bully or bribe the tenant in the Palace, and ought to realize by now that they are no longer dealing with some idiot playing video games in Malacañang like they used to.