By: Elena Grace Flores
YouTube video by Rappler
Duterte shakes MVP’s hand after months of rants over water deals
Are they just playing nice on the water crisis?
Following months of tirades, President Rodrigo Duterte and businessman Manny Pangilinan play nice in their first public meeting on March 3, 2020. They may look like they’re playing nice on the country’s water crisis but that’s what civil people do.Filipinos can only hope that they would put their acts together.
Senator Imee Marcos calls for ‘fast track construction of water flagship projects’
Senator Imee Marcos initially calls on the government to hasten the construction of water flagship projects. This includes the Kaliwa and Laiban dams. She hopes to make the water agency and two concessionaires accountable for the water shortage. The water rate is very high but the service is not at par, she said. She adds that the public deserves better service than what the two concessionaires render.
Duterte and MVP
President Rodrigo Duterte and businessman Manny V. Pangilinan exchange pleasantries. This is during their first public appearance together on Thursday, March 5. After reading his remarks, President Duterte shakes Pangilinan’s hand as he returns to his seat. The businessman stands up to greet the President. The two had a quick chat during the inspection of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Circumferential Road 3. Senator Bong Go then updates reporters that Duterte invited Pangilinan for a meeting “soon.” Duterte previously rants on the Ayala-led Manila Water and Maynilad upon the start of the water crisis in March 2019. That prompts him to order a review of the firms’ agreements with the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System.