President Rodrigo Duterte has accused water companies of staging a days-long shortage in Metro Manila in order to force the hand of the government to increase water rates.
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“Pinopondo ‘yung tubig kasi gusto price increase,” said Duterte in a speech in Cagayan.
Duterte was furious that he had to threaten the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System and its private concessionaires – Maynilad Water Services Inc. of the Metro Pacific-Salim and Consunji groups and Manila Water Co. of the Ayala group – before restoring the water supply in the concession areas.
“Kaya ‘yang tubig na ‘yang p**** i**** ‘yan, kung hindi ko sila sinabihan, ‘Maglipad ako bukas sa Maynila. Pagdating ko, kung wala pang tubig ‘yang gripo na ‘yan, ‘yung ulo ninyo ang gawain kong gripo para…’Pagdating ko alas-dos may tubig na. Tingnan mo ka******* ng mga p**** i**,” he said.
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“Yung mga taga-Maynila wala nang ligo. Mga babae doon ang babaho na [laughter] Wala nang hilamos, wala na lahat. Kalokohan talaga itong…,” he added.
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Duterte said this is what you get for letting rich people to run utilities.
“Sinabi ko sa inyo eh. Ayan… Hindi ko naman sina — I’m not trying to blame you but that’s what you get for getting people ‘yung mga elitista-elitista,” he said.