Guevarra backs Duterte: Military can temporarily take over Maynilad, Manila Water
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Saturday (Dec. 14) expressed belief that there is basis for the military to take over water distribution in Metro Manila from the water concessionaires.
Recently, President Rodrigo Duterte declared to have the military take over in response to threats of water shortage from Manila Water and Maynilad.
“Under the Constitution the state may temporarily take over or direct the operations of privately owned public utilities or businesses affected with public interest: in case of national emergency and when public interest requires it,” Guevarra said.
“These are factual issues that only the President, as chief executive, can determine,” he added.
Aside from a military takeover, Duterte has also threatened to suspend the privilege of writ of habeas corpus in order to arrest those behind the onerous water concession deals with Manila Water and Maynilad.
“Pag niloko niyo ako, kapag niloko niyo ang Pilipino, I will suspend the writ of habeas corpus and I will arrest all of you,” Duterte warned.
“Gusto kong makita ang mga bilyonaryo na nakakulong,” he stressed.