'Go to court,' solon says on gov't disputes with private firms


Posted at Dec 17 2019 12:25 PM

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MANILA -- Disputes between government and private firms over alleged "onerous" deals should be resolved in court, a lawmaker pushing for charter amendments said Tuesday.

Foreign investors are watchful of adherence to the rule of law, Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez told ANC's Headstart.

Rodriguez was asked about Manila Water Co and Maynilad Water Services Inc. whose concessions to supply water to the capital were criticized by President Rodrigo Duterte.

"If there's a problem with these contracts with Maynilad and Manila Water it has to go to court and have this rescinded and then go on with a new contract which will not have onerous provisions," he said.

"I have always said that if the contract is tainted with fraud, with onerous provisions the courts will have to do it. It cannot be set aside by the executive. That is my position," he said.

"I believe there should always be the rule of law and foreign investors look at that, that we adhere," he said.

Both the Pangilinan-led Maynilad and Ayala-owned Manila Water said they would no longer collect P10.8 billion in compensation that a Singapore-based arbitration court had ordered the Philippine government to pay them. 

- ANC Headstart, 17 December 2019