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Palace has no idea Harry Roque will lead water concession cases: ‘How?’

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By Prince Golez

It would seem that Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo had no idea about lawyer Harry Roque being tapped by President Rodrigo Duterte to handle the cases against Maynilad Water Services, Inc. and Manila Water Company, Inc.

“Hindi ko alam yun. How can he handle a government case?” Panelo told POLITIKO.

“Hindi ko alam kung inofferan s’ya,” he added.

Former presidential spokesperson Roque confirmed on Monday that in his capacity as a private lawyer, he would handle the cases against the two Metro Manila water concessionaires.

On January 16, Duterte hinted that Pangilinan-owned Maynilad and Ayala-led Manila Water might face “Harry” in court.

“There’s no f*cking payment coming their way. And so I began to scrutinize the contract. And Harry is here, he will be one of the lawyers who’d they’d be facing– maybe in court,” the President said in a speech during the 120th anniversary celebration of Baptist Churches in the Philippines.

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