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Water shortage fallout: Duterte picks ex-military general Morales as next MWSS chair

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President Duterte has chosen a retired military officer to lead the government agency to ensure uninterrupted water supply in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Duterte, in a speech in Davao City last Thursday (May 23), said Ricardo “Dick” Morales would be the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) chairman.

“Hindi ako pumapayag ng corruption. If I — pagbalik ko meron… Ang kinuha kong chairman sa MWSS, si Dick Morales, Dick. Kaya lang maputi, malikot ang utak niyan. Pero try niyo,” he said.

“‘Yon ‘yung sundalo na RAM na nahuli sa Malacañan. Rebelde pala. I think si… ‘Yan ‘yung nasa TV na sinampal si Imelda. Taga-Davao ‘yan,” he said.

Morales is a member of Philippine Military Class of 1977.

His appointment came after the President expressed outrage over the recent shortage of supply in Metro Manila. Duterte threatened to fire MWSS officials and terminate the contracts of its two water concessionaires if they failed to properly explain the water supply shortage last March.

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