• Maynilad treats MWSS execs, journalists to a Hong Kong trip

    13

    Selected Philippine journalists as well as members of the board of trustees of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) were flown to Hong Kong by Maynilad and billeted in the Four Seasons Hotel to drum up the water concessionaire’s upcoming projects and loan applications.

    RJ Javellana, president and spokesman of the Water For All Refund Movement (WARM), said Maynilad Chief Financial Officer Randy Estrellado boasted that Malacañang had given its nod to the water concessionaire’s projects because Manny Pangilinan (MVP) contributed P300 million to the campaign kitty of then presidential candidate Benigno Aquino 3rd.

    “Are those PR expenses charged to our monthly bills too? Is this true Mr. Estrellado, that after your press briefing, you personally intimated to an influential media guy na hindi pababayaan ng Malacañang si MVP? Dahil sabi mo nagbigay si MVP kay Ballsy Cruz ng P300 million campaign contribution kay President Noy noong 2010?” Javellana said.

    He said that while in Hong Kong, Maynilad picked up the hotel tab of MWSS Regulatory officials and gave them shopping money.

    “Kargado lahat yan sa ating mga monthly bills. Gastos lahat ito ng mga water consumers,” Javellana said.

    He said Estrellado told reporters who were flown to Hong Kong of the water utility’s projects worth P18 billion next year based on a business plan submitted to the MWSS.

    “We’ve taken a position that it’s business as usual until we’re done with arbitration,” Javellana quoted Maynilad President Victorico Vargas as saying.

    In October, Maynilad filed a notice of dispute before the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Court of Arbitration after the government turned down its application to raise rates.

    Maynilad had proposed P692 billion in expenditures from 2013 to 2037, an amount that would have translated to an increase of P8.58 per cubic meter.

    “Even if the arbitration will last for six to a maximum of 12 months, we should still be able to do what we need to do next year, but it will be difficult for us to sign new loans for 2015-2016 projects because these are long-term facilities,” Estrellado said.

    Before yearend or early in 2014, Maynilad will sign a P6-billion loan with the Development Bank of the Philippines and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for a sewerage project, he said.

    “JICA wants to see how we move forward. We’re getting money from the World Bank also. They’re waiting to see how the arbitration process goes,” Vargas said.

    Last year, the World Bank loaned $275 million to Maynilad and its East Zone counterpart Manila Water Co Inc. for the Metro Manila Wastewater Management Project, which involves the construction of sewage treatment plants and related facilities.

    Share.
    loading...
    Loading...

    Please follow our commenting guidelines.

    13 Comments

    1. Travis Bautista on

      This is just purely a lefty talking, Anyone can say whatever they want to say without them proving. So obvious that this article is based on “hearsay.”Leftist have to do better than this.

    2. leila puentebella on

      this article based on statements by WARM — a front of leftists who want to scrap privatization WTF. Scrapping privatization means water distribution will go back to government which in turn means we will have NO WATER. Throwback to the Eighties. Their attacks on manila water and maynilad have by the way scared off investors — bad for the economy — as it is we are STILL the laggard of Southeast Asia, when it comes to FDIs and as a result of highly inefficient and politicized infrastructure. But my question is why Manila Times will publish such a report based on hearsay and quoting someone from a rally. pathetic.

    3. It looks like WARM is pulling out all the stops, resorting to outright slander to attain it’s goal of . . . what IS their goal anyway? All I’ve been hearing is abolish this, ban that. They have no alternative to fill the void left by whatever it is they want removed.

      Do they want to scrap the most sucessful PPP the country has ever known? Do they want water nationalized again? This led to the Water Crisis of the eighties and nineties.

      The Philippines is already near the bottom of the list of ASEAN countries attractive to investors. What will WARM and its leftist allies do when their dream of foreign investors leaving is achieved after they see we can’t keep to contracts? We’re already up to our noses and sinking deeper.

      Worse, our own elected officials hungry for pogi points are falling for this ‘pro-people’ song-and-dance of HARM – excuse me – WARM. The economy and country be hanged: I look good.

    4. Karen Villanueva on

      On the one hand you have well meaning companies and private investors who have their money where their mouth is and have a record of professional management of businesses and utilities. On the other side you have corrupt MWSS officials and Leftist Sloganeers who demand Nationalization in other words “socialism”

      What do these leftists want anyway? To drag the whole economy into a sinkhole? They have this bad habit of contradicting stuff even the reasonable. If they really are thinking for the good of the people maybe they should stop being so irrational and start giving feasible plans and not fairy tales.

    5. Bonifacio Bangayan Claudio on

      Totoo bang ang MWSS ay nagbigay ng pribadong kontratang “laissez-faire” na ibig sabihin ay “gawin ninyo ang gusto ninyong gawin… Na para bang sinasabi sa mga mamamayang gumagamit ng tubig na “Bahala na kayo sa buhay ninyo… “Sila ang kausap ninyo, hindi kaming tigapangasiwa ng tubig ng gobyerno”?… Nagtatanong lang po.

    6. “RJ Javellana . . .(said) Randy Estrellado boasted that Malacañang had given its nod to the water concessionaire’s projects . . .”

      ” ‘Is this true Mr. Estrellado, that after your press briefing, you personally intimated to an influential media guy na hindi pababayaan ng Malacañang si MVP?’ ”

      There is a word for this kind of ‘testimony’, and it’s called ‘tsismis’. I think RJ missed his calling as a showbiz columnist. How convenient: Walang ebidensya. Notice puro ‘He said’ ang article na ito.

    7. I grew up with a copy of the Manila Times on our family dining table every morning. I was saddened that it had closed down for Martial Law and elated when it reappeared after EDSA I.

      Therefore I am stunned to see my old friend now reporting the ramblings of leftist agitators as hard news. The least they could have done end the headline with a question mark (or the quotes suggested below).

      I ache with MT that print media is losing out to online, but surely there are better ways to address this than resorting to – forgive me – sensationalism and irresponsible reporting of unverified accounts clearly meant to destabilize. Why was Estrellado’s side not presented? When did Javellana become his spokesman?

      The case is already in arbitration. There is no need to pull the shenanigans that WARM is insinuating.

    8. This story is a fine example of SENSATIONALISM and IRRESPONSIBLE reporting. Unverified accounts. and clearly just meant to destabilize.

    9. So obvious that this article is based on “hearsay.” The Water Reform Movement or WARM/ is apart of that leftist coalition that likes to insinuate these things. Their agenda is the “Nationalization” of industries in other words Government to run businesses — our experience with water run by govt is that there is NO WATER.

    10. this write up is libelous. sounds chismis and quoting a third person? was javellana even there?

      “Maynilad Chief Financial Officer Randy Estrellado boasted that Malacañang had given its nod to the water concessionaire’s projects because Manny Pangilinan (MVP) contributed P300 million to the campaign kitty of then presidential candidate Benigno Aquino 3rd.”

      that reporter must present a basis on this qoute.

    11. Calling on the Obudsman and those people in congress. Para naman kahit kaunti pakinabangan kayo ng tao. Especially those Party-list Congressmen. Investigate and do something about this expose`.

    12. MWSS officials should know their fiduciary obligation. It should not included in increasing the water rates of the end users.

      • In the end, si Juan dela Cruz or the common tao ang nalalampaso. Tayo na po ulit Sec. of Justice de Lima and Ombudsman Morales. Maraming naniningil ng utang na loob.