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Ayaw magbayad! Sol Gen to exhaust all means to reverse int’l court’s ruling favoring Manila Water

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Solicitor General Jose Calida said he will oppose the ruling of the Permanent Arbitration Court of Singapore which ordered the Philippines to pay P7.39 billion to Manila Water.

“The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) will exhaust all available legal remedies against the award recently rendered by the arbitral tribunal constituted under the Permanent Court of Arbitration in Singapore, in an arbitration which Manila Water Company Incorporated (Manila Water) initiated against the Republic of the Philippines,” he said in a statement.

The amount represent loses the Ayala-led water concessionaire lost from June 1, 2015 to November 22, 2019 as it claimed the government did not honor its agreement that it can have water hikes.

“We will not let this prevail without a fight,” assured Calida who pointed out “the OSG cannot just simply stand by and watch Manila Water spin the circumstances and paint itself as an exemplary, outstanding company.”

He said the next actions that the OSG will take will reveal what happened in the arbitration proceedings.

“Our next steps will show that the arbitral award was not, to quote Manila Water, due to a ‘procedural lapse’ by government. It is a company’s refusal to become the subject of a legitimate regulation,” Calida said.

The Solicitor General added the concessionaire cannot also cite its billions of pesos worth of infrastructure since the public suffered from “one of Manila’s worst water shortages for the past year.”

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