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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte recently met with the officials of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), Maynilad and Manila Water. This is according to the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.
The Chief Executive told the group that 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 also told them that 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!"
The President delivered a stern message without even once looking at the officials, the obviously outraged President threatened to fire the MWSS officials and terminate the concessionaires’ contracts.
The President expressed his evident displeasure by saying that he hoped that at the end of the day the water crisis was not just a matter of common sense. He said that the officials knew of the problem leading to the stoppage of the flow of water but they did not resolve to prevent it from happening.
PRRD reiterated that he is constitutionally tasked to serve and protect the citizenry, and he will not equivocate to take swift and drastic actions to secure the people from discomfort and shield them from suffering, regardless of the dire consequences to the players of the water industry.
The meeting which was more of a presidential monologue lasted for about forty minutes and abruptly ended by the President ordering the officials 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.