PDP spox twits Duterte for endorsing Villar’s Prime Water
A high-ranking official of the ruling PDP Laban party has scored President Rodrigo Duterte over his apparent preference towards the family of former Senate President Manny Villar to possibly takeover as the country’s main water concessionaire.
“Kung sabi ni Pangulo na linoloko tayo ng mga oligarkiya, hindi din naman siguro tama ilipat ang mga konsesyon ng tubig sa ibang oligarkiya din?” said PDP Laban Public Information Committee chief Ronwald Munsayac in his Twitter post.
Munsayac’s statement came in reference to Duterte’s speech on Tuesday, wherein the chief executive hinted the billionaire former Senate chief as a possible replacement for the Pangilinan-controlled Maynilad and the Ayala group’s Manila Water in the country’s largest water concession area.
Duterte is the national chairman of PDP Laban.
Aside from being the ruling party’s spokesperson, Munsayac concurrently works as deputy-chief-of-staff in the Senate under the office of PDP president Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.
In his speech, Duterte blasted Maynilad of the Salim-Consunji consortium which is being operated by businessman Manny Pangilinan and the Manila Water of the Ayalas for “screwing” Filipinos with the onerous provisions in the 25-year deal with the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).
While the President annihilated the owners of Maynilad and Manila Water, he was all praises for the former Senate leader as well as his wife Sen. Cynthia Villar.
“Okay man lang. Villar, Pimentel… Okay sa akin ‘yan. Pinaghirapan ninyo. Pero itong tubig na ito, sila ang mag-distribute,” said Duterte.
“We start from the beginning. Nandiyan naman si Villar, nandiyan naman si — karaming mayayaman ninyo na…go and start to develop businesses,” he added.
Villars’ Prime Water Corporation has forged series of joint venture agreements (JVAS) with various local water districts outside Metro Manila.
It seems that nobody has informed Duterte that Villars’ Prime Water has been marred with series of complaints and irregularities in its operations.
Common complaints from the water utilities taken over by Prime Water were severe shortages; surge in water bills even periods without water and poor quality of water.
Even the Commission on Audit has red flagged Prime Water’s water districts over reported high-levels of arsenic which in considered poisonous.