Duterte to meet with MWSS execs on metro water woes

Robie de Guzman   •   March 19, 2019   •   2293

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet with the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) officials tonight (March 19), Malacañang said.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the MWSS executives may be asked to provide an update on the water supply conditions in parts of Metro Manila and Rizal province that were hit with water service interruptions for nearly two weeks now.

The meeting follows the directive of Duterte to MWSS last week to demand from Manila Water Company and Maynilad Water Services to release 150 days worth of water from Angat Dam in Bulacan.

READ: Duterte orders Manila Water, Maynilad to release Angat Dam water

On Monday (March 18), MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco and Chief Regulator Atty. Patrick Ty have faced lawmakers to explain the water crisis plaguing thousands of households in eastern Metro Manila and Rizal province.

READ: MWSS Chief Regulator: No power to punish Manila Water

Manila Water, for its part, said its water supply has improved in 90 percent of its service areas but water rationing operation may last until May or June. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Rosalie Coz)

SWS survey reports ‘excellent’ rating on anti-narcotics campaign

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2019

The Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey has reported an ‘excellent’ rating on the Duterte administration’s anti-narcotics campaign.

Based on the Second Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey, conducted from June 22-26, 82% of adult Filipinos are satisfied with the anti-narcotics campaign; while 6% are undecided, and 12% are dissatisfied.

The most common reason of those who said they are satisfied with the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign is that drug suspects have already lessened.

However, for the 12% dissatisfied Filipinos, most of them believe that drug suspects/trading are still prevalent.

The net satisfaction for the anti-illegal drugs campaign has remained positive since 2016.

The SWS conducted the survey using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide.—AAC

Palace assures no economic impact on loan, deal suspension

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2019

Malacañang assured that the loan and deal suspension ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte will have no impact on the country’s economy.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said out of the 18 countries involved in the said suspension, only the United Kingdom has an offer of 21 million euro loan for the president’s Build, Build, Build program.

Panelo also assured there will be other countries and trade institutions that can replace the involved countries.

“It will not dramatically, even slightly I think, impact our economy,” he said. “There are other bilateral partners and institutions, and other countries outside of the 18 offering the same, and no better rates than these countries.”

The chief executive has signed a confidential memorandum suspending loan and negotiations with the 18 countries that backed the Iceland resolution.

Iceland called for an investigation into the Duterte Administration’s anti-drug campaign.

Panelo also said this policy will last until the end of Duterte’s term.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Palace confirms suspension of loans and deals with countries backing UN rights probe

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2019

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Malacañang confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a memorandum suspending loans and deals with countries backing the Iceland resolution.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo recently denied that there was such order but he corrected himself earlier on Monday (September 23).

“When I asked him [Duterte], he said ‘No, I did not.’ He might have forgotten momentarily. When I asked him again, he said, ‘Yes, I remember calling the Secretary about it,” he said.

Panelo added that the mix-up was due to “lapse of memory”.

Duterte signed a confidential memorandum on August 27 suspending loans and negotiations with 18 member-countries of the United Nations Human Rights Council after they backed the resolution to probe the anti-drug war campaign in the country.

Panelo also said Duterte mentioned that the Philippines was insulted by the Iceland resolution.

“We cannot allow this country who is insulting us, a country who condemns allegedly our slaying of certain victims yet it allows abortion of unborn children up to less than 6 months old,” according to Duterte.

According to the presidential spokesperson, there are other bilateral partners and institutions offering similar grants with the 18 states involved.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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