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Duterte wants Manila Water, Maynilad tried for economic sabotage: Patikim ko sila paano ang buhay ng preso

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte is planning to file economic sabotage against Manila Water Co. and Maynilad Water Services because of onerous concession agreements signed in 1997.

“We will expose them. And I will insist that they be tried for economic sabotage. ‘Pag hindi nila tanggapin ‘yang kaso na ‘yan. Now is the time that we talk seriously, na bilihan ng kaso,” said Duterte in a speech delivered in Malacañang on Tuesday.

“I will arrest them lahat silang mga… Patikim ko sila paano ang buhay ng preso. Kung pati ako isasali nila. Sasali ako doon sa presohan. Walang problema ‘yan. Walang mawala sa akin. Wala akong pinapatakbong gobyerno. Pero hihilain ko sila kung ako titirahin nila,” he added.

The President was reacting to a Department of Justice report that the deals signed by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System with Manila Water and Maynilad were disadvantageous to both the government and the public.

In the same speech, Duterte accused the Ayala-owned Manila Water of not paying taxes.

You know that Ayala. They do not pay… Hanapin mo nga si Ayala kung saan. Puntahan ko. They do not pay corporate income tax. Ang corporate income tax, hinuhulog nila doon sa tao. Part of the — binabayad mo sa tubig. ‘Yung water treatment, they were — they’ve been collecting for years to treat the water before it flows to the Manila Bay. Matagal na ‘yan. Anak ka ng p***** i** niya,” he explained.

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