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Duterte to OSG, DOJ: Study Maynilad’s claim vs PH govt

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has called on the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to “study” the arbitration between Maynilad Water Services, Inc. and the Philippine government.

In 2018, the Singapore High Court ruled against the government, allowing Maynilad, the water concessionaire for Metro Manila’s west zone, to increase water rates for its consumers.

The court also ordered the Philippines to pay the water utility firm P1.6 million in revenue losses.

“PRRD directed the Solicitor-General and the Secretary of Justice to study the case of Maynilad vs. Republic,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement Tuesday.

During the 36th Cabinet meeting on Monday night, Panelo noted that Duterte instructed all agencies to “check and review all contracts entered into and remove onerous provisions that might be detrimental to the lives of the Filipinos.”

The President, he added, reiterated his vow to protect the Filipino people.

Also discussed during the Cabinet meeting was a roadmap to address the El Niño phenonmenon and the shortage of water supply in Metro Manila.

“A roadmap was presented, which included immediate, medium and long-term interventions, such as making an intensive campaign for the conservation of water and energy, creating a Department of Water and a Department of Disaster Resilience, dredging of waterways, replacing tunnels and aqueducts, installing water tank systems in all Department of Health hospitals and providing funding for the establishment of water treatment plants,” Panelo said.

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