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Usec Villar says she did not head review of water concession deals

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Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar said on Thursday (Dec. 12) said she did not lead the review of the concession agreements Manila Water and Maynilad.

“It was the Secretary himself who conducted the review and who issued the memo regarding that to the President,” she told reporters.

The review submitted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) has found onerous provisions in the deals.

Usec. Villar also doused suspicion of conflict of interest since her husband’s family owns Prime Water Infrastructure Corp. which has been taking over local water districts nationwide through joint venture agreements.

“Prior to that review there were already several provisions that were identified as being onerous and that was reported in the broadsheets and news,” she reminded.

“That’s why the President had asked the DOJ to conduct a more thorough review which was headed by the Secretary not me,” she added.

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