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Duterte hits Drilon for cautioning against review of all gov’t contacts: How dare you say that to me?

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday criticized Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon for warning him against canceling government contracts found to be onerous.

“How dare you say that to me, Mr. Drilon?” Duterte asked during the 31st Annual Convention of the Prosecutor’s League of the Philippines in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

The Chief Executive earlier ordered a review of all government contracts and remove onerous provisions detrimental to public interest.

But, Drilon cautioned the government to be “very careful” in reviewing contracts as this could translate into a breach of contract.

“Why should I be very careful in reviewing contracts that are not to the interest of the people, and the onerous and burden provisions there that the people have to honor. So, you think I will allow it just because we cannot impair the obligation of our contracts,” Duterte said.

The President also instructed the Office of the Solicitor General and the Department of Justice to study the arbitration case involving Maynilad Water Services Inc. and the Philippine government.

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