In the 2016 election campaign, then Mayor and now President Duterte was portrayed to the public by his PR handlers as someone who puts the interest of general public above all else and 16 million Filipinos believed it.
Some say he was the victim of vote shaving and could have gotten as high as 20 million votes.
Once again, the 16 million who voted for PRRD have been proven they were right when they voted for PRRD because they believed his heart is in the right place when it comes to the general welfare of the public.
The water crisis in Metro Manila perfectly gave PRRD the opportunity to once again show where his heart lies, especially when public welfare is at stake.
According to Sec. Salvador Panelo who witnessed the said meeting, PRRD issued a stern warning to the MWSS, Maynila officials and Manila Water, “Shape up or ship out!”
PRRD told them he did not want to listen to any of their explanation because that would just be plain excuses.
The meeting lasted for 40 minutes and and all they can hear was PRRD’s lengthy sermon of their greed and lack of empathy to the public.
The meeting’s climax was when PRRD threatened td to fire the MWSS officials and terminate the concessionaires’ contracts.
You may read the full post below now, courtesy of JP Fajura.
On PRRD’s meeting with MWSS, Maynilad, and Manila Water officials
We wish to inform that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte met with the officials of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), Maynilad and Manila Water.
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!”
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.
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 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.
The President 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 lasting for about forty minutes 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.
Salvador S. Panelo
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel
& Presidential Spokesperson