Both Manila Water and Maynilad said they are open to working with government on new water deals. Here are the big stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Big business is always allergic to government intervention and regulation. President Duterte’s clash with water concessionaires might have ripple effects in the business community. In his speech Thursday night, Duterte criticized the supposedly onerous water deals, saying the country “surrendered everything” to Maynilad and Manila Water. The Palace said the government is not inclined to pay damages to Manila Water in accordance with an arbitration case won by the company. The Department of Justice (DOJ) said it wants a new deal with Manila Water. Metro Manila’s other concessionaire Maynilad said it is also open to making changes in its agreement.
Environment Sec. Roy Cimatu said the country is currently facing a garbage crisis. He said an order banning single-use plastics across the country is being prepared. Environmentalists rallied on Thursday to urge the government to keep coal out of forthcoming power deals.
Back to the negotiating table
President Duterte has ordered the resumption of peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). He said he sent Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello, who once chaired the administration’s peace panel, to the Hague in the Netherlands to talk to CPP Founder Jose Ma. Sison. In March, a frustrated Duterte ended peace talks with the rebels over persistent attacks against military units. At that time, he also shut down the peace talks with the CPP and told them to “talk to the next president.”
Back in battle
An old warrior is back for another battle. National coach and Grandmaster Eugene Torre led the country’s chess team to a gold and silver in the men’s and women’s team problem solving events. He also said chess should become a regular event in the Games. The Philippines also took golds in skateboarding. But the women’s volleyball team fell to the Thais.
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