- President Rodrigo Duterte met with the officials of MWSS, Maynilad, and Manila Water
- In a statement, it read that Duterte threatened to fire MWSS officials and terminate water concessionaires’ contracts
- The President also tasked them to submit a report before April 7
President Rodrigo Duterte had set a meeting with the officials of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), Manila Water, and Maynilad amidst the water shortage that brought inconvenience to many Filipinos in some parts of Metro Manila and Rizal province.
KAMI learned that President Duterte has personally threatened to fire the officials of MWSS who were responsible of the water shortage, as well as terminate the concessionaires’ contracts.
“In a stern message delivered without even once looking at the officials, the obviously outraged President threatened to fire the MWSS officials and terminate the concessionaires’ contracts,” it read in a statement.
According to the statement released by the Palace, the President did not listen to the explanation of the water concessionaires because they would just be coming up with excuses.
“They simply did not do their job. ‘All they care about is get profit from the water of the people’ and to their sufferance as well,” it stated.
It added that the President ordered the officials to submit a report before April 7 and after that, Duterte will be taking actions.
However, in a report by the CNN Philippines, MWSS administrator Reynaldo Velasco said that he did not know where the information that President Duterte threatened to fire officials came from. But, the message of the President that they should solve the crisis was clear.
“Hindi ko alam saan nanggaling ‘yang information na ‘yan, but kailangan ayusin. The message is very clear: fix all of these things,” Velasco said.
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