Retired Army general is new MWSS chair

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 24 2019 07:30 PM | Updated as of May 24 2019 08:15 PM

MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte has chosen retired Army Brig. Gen. Ricardo Morales as the new chairman of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), choosing a new agency chief after a water supply crisis hit parts of the metro.

Duterte made the announcement in a speech during Senator-elect Christopher "Bong" Go's thanksgiving party in Davao City Thursday night.

"Ang kinuha kong chairman sa MWSS, si Dick Morales, Dick. Kaya lang maputi, malikot ang utak niyan. Pero try niyo. ‘Yon ‘yung sundalo na RAM na nahuli sa Malacañang. Rebelde pala. I think si… ‘Yan ‘yung nasa TV na sinampal si Imelda. Taga-Davao ‘yan pero ano ‘yan… Walang nakatira… Si Dick," he said in a speech.

(I got as MWSS chairman Dick Morales, Dick. But he is white, his mind is playful. But try him. He was the RAM (Reform the Armed Forces Movement) [member] arrested in Malacañang. Turned out he was a rebel. I think he's... He's the one who was slapped by Imelda (Marcos) on TV. He's from Davao but he's... no one's there... Dick.)

The President had previously threatened to replace all officials of the state regulator due to the water shortage in Metro Manila and for failing to prepare for El Niño, a weather pattern associated with reduced rainfall which has been affecting several parts of the country.

Tens of thousands serviced by Ayala-led Manila Water in Metro Manila's east zone grappled with a water crisis in the first quarter of the year.