Duterte calls MWSS, Maynilad, Manila Water greedy in 40-minute scolding; mulls firings, termination of contracts
President Rodrigo Duterte gave officials of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), Maynilad Water Services Inc., and Manila Water Corp. for their epic fail in ensuring stable water supply to millions of consumers in Metro Manila.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte gave a 40-minute monologue during the late Tuesday night, closed-door meeting in Malacanang where officials of the MWSS, the Metro Pacific-Salim-Consunji consoriom, and Ayala-controlled firm did not speak a word. Panelo said Duterte was so mad that he did not even look at the bumbling officials.
He said the President ordered the scolding session by ordering them to submit a report on the water shortage before April 7.
“After which he will decide whether heads will roll or whether the contracts of the concessionaires will be terminated,” he said.
During the meeting, Panelo said: “The Chief Executive told them he was not going to listen to their explanation as to why there was a water shortage as such would be just plain 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. The President told them they could have simply anticipated such shortage and could have done something about it. They had to wait for him to threaten them with personally rushing to Manila from Davao to grapple with the crisis before they moved to end it. The Chief Executive bluntly told them to shape up or ship out,” he added.
He said the President was displeased by the lack of common sense of the state and private water executives because he was convinced these “officials knew of the problem leading to the stoppage of the flow of water but they did not resolve to prevent it from happening.”