Duterte to water firms: Talk to MWSS chief Salamat
By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte directed the heads of Manila Water Co. and Maynilad Water Services Inc. to resolve the issues surrounding both water firms with Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) administrator Emmanuel Salamat.
“I am not talking to you, go to Salamat, he is in the MWSS. Magusap kayo, bahala kayo diyan,” Duterte said during the birthday celebration of former Senate President Manny Villar in Las Piñas Thursday evening.
In his speech, Duterte once again threatened to pursue economic sabotage charges against Metro Manila’s water concessionaires if they fail to reach a settlement on the matter.
“Ako, I will just prepare the charges. Pag hindi tayo magkaintindihan dito, economic plunder. Economic plunder then there is no bail,” he said.
Duterte started his criticism against Manila Water and Maynilad after the Permanent Court of Arbitration in Singapore ordered the government to pay them P10.8 billion for losses in the non-implementation of water rate hikes.