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Atienza hails Duterte threat to file suit against Manila Water, Maynilad

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Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza on Wednesday hailed President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement threatening to file charges of economic sabotage against the two water concessionaires, Manila Water Company Inc. and Maynilad Water Services, Inc., for alleged onerous provisions of their concession agreements.

“We salute President Duterte with both hands and hail his strong statement castigating these two water concessionaires,” the former Manila mayor and environment secretary said.

“Again, he has proven that he has the political will to stand up to these oligarchs and free the Filipino people from their clutches. Has privatization helped improve the lives of ordinary Filipinos? The answer is a big, fat No!” Atienza said.

“It is about time that these concession agreements be reviewed and revoked if necessary, especially in the light of the Department of Justice’s disclosure that several provisions in the agreements were found to be onerous and disadvantageous to the government and to the public,” he said.

“Where have you seen a business contract where the concessionaires cannot lose and always end up making hundreds of billions of pesos at the expense of the people? Any business contract can make money for the principal or you can lose money at the same time,” he added.

“Ganun yan eh. Eto, pag nalulugi sila, they can even raise water rates without the government’s permission. Isn’t that onerous?” Atienza said.

“These water companies should be made accountable for their inadequate service,” he said.

“Singil sila ng singil pero wala tayong nakukuhang maayos na serbisyo. Dapat ayusin nila ang kanilang serbisyo at itigil ang pagkolekta ng kung ano-anong singilin sa taong bayan. Patuloy lamang na yumayaman ang mga super rich samantalang patuloy pa ring naghihirap ang mga mahihirap!” he said.