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Go backs Duterte in offering new contracts to water concessionaires

January 10, 2020 - Friday 6:01 PM by MDM

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DAVAO CITY -- Senator Christopher Lawrence Go fully supports President Rodrigo Duterte in offering new contracts for Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Co. Inc., Metro Manila’s current water concessionaires.

“As far as I know, it’s take it or leave it,” Go said in a statement.

“Tanggapin niyo po ‘yung bagong kontrata, na wala na po ‘yung onerous provisions at sisiguraduhin ng Pangulo…best interest of every Filipino ang mangunguna dito sa bagong kontrata,” he added.

The President had said if the two private water companies do not accept the new contracts, the government will take over the water distribution services and file corresponding charges against both water companies. 

“Gusto naming nakalagay sa kontrata na interes ng bawat Pilipino ang mangunguna dahil kung gaano kaimportante ang tubig sa kanila, ganoon din po kaimportante sa kanila ang bawat pisong pinagpawisan nila na ibinabayad po diyan sa tubig,” Go said.

In addition to this, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement that should both companies refuse to accept the new contracts, the President will order the cancellation of the present water contracts.

The President will also instruct to nationalize the water services in their respective areas of operation, and prosecute all those involved directly or indirectly in the issue that Panelo has described as constitutionally flawed contracts that violated the provisions of the anti-graft law.

“Kung ayaw nila, ang gagawin po ni Pangulo ay kanyang i-nationalize ang water concession and ensure that the government can deliver quality services,” Go said.

Go echoed the sentiments of the President against the onerous provisions found in the existing contracts of the two water companies with the government.

He said it is up to Maynilad and Manila Water if they will accept the offer.

“Nasa sa kanila na iyon kung tatanggapin nila. Ako naman, suportado ko ang Pangulo dito. Basta hindi malulugi ang Pilipino. Huwag natin pahirapan ang Pilipino,” he said.

The new contracts are yet to be reviewed by the water companies but Go reiterated that Maynilad and Manila Water will still not be off the hook even if they agree to the new contracts.

“Hindi ibig sabihin ay wala na silang pananagutan. Sinisilip pa rin ni Pangulo ang kanilang legal liabilities dito,” he said. 

Maynilad and Manila Water are currently on a 25-year concession deals signed in 1997 with a total of 16 million customers.