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Mar 15, 2020 - 2:51 PM

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BLISS. The Iza Calzado-starrer can now be streamed on YouTube for free. Screenshot from the movie trailer

Manila Water, Maynilad: 'Enough supply' amid coronavirus scare

Mar 11, 2020 - 4:25 PM

While Manila Water and Maynilad say there is sufficient supply, they again remind the public to use water responsibly

Manila Water 2019 profit down 16% as penalties bite

Mar 02, 2020 - 5:50 PM

The water crisis of 2019 hits Manila Water hard. Can Enrique Razon turn the company around?

LWUA: Angeles City Water District spends P28M yearly on 'ineffective' UV disinfectant

Feb 27, 2020 - 10:31 AM

Local Water Utilities Administration's Jeci Lapus says ACWD's 'failure...to make a thorough engineering study and post-project evaluation on the beneficial use of UV disinfectant had cost the government more'

Kaliwa Dam access road construction broke the law – Imee Marcos

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:35 PM

The construction of an access road to the dam site proceeded without the consent of indigenous peoples or an environmental permit, says the head of the Senate committee on cultural communities

COMMITTEE CHAIR. Senator Imee Marcos leads the Senate committee on cultural communities, which is investigating the impact of the Kaliwa Dam project on indigenous communities in the Sierra Madre. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

COA rejects PrimeWater's P24-million claim vs Nueva Ecija water district

Feb 16, 2020 - 7:05 PM

State auditors say Villar-owned PrimeWater Infrastructure Corporation failed to show proper documentation proving that the Jaen Water District owes millions of pesos

Enrique Razon wants more Manila Water shares

Feb 07, 2020 - 2:40 PM

Enrique Razon's Prime Metroline Holdings intends to make a mandatory tender offer for the shares of Manila Water at an offer price of P13 per share

Enrique Razon gets 51% voting interest in Manila Water

Feb 06, 2020 - 4:55 PM

The Ayalas get to keep most of Manila Water's assets, but Enrique Razon's Trident Water will be running the show

Razon's buy-in of Manila Water won't stop contract review - DOJ

Feb 05, 2020 - 5:44 PM

Discussions with water concessionaires will start in March, says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

BUY-IN. Enrique Razon buys 25% share of Manila Water amid an ongoing contract review of water concessionaires. File photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Enrique Razon gets 25% stake in Ayala's Manila Water

Feb 03, 2020 - 9:25 AM

Enrique Razon Jr brings in P10.7 billion in fresh funds for Manila Water. The Ayala group remains a shareholder with a 38.6% stake.

Manila Water plans to raise P9 billion via share sale

Jan 31, 2020 - 4:59 PM

As government reviews its water contract, the embattled Ayala-led company decides to raise additional capital and funding so it could 'take decisive actions as needed'

[OPINION] Dreaming of water: Thoughts on Metro Manila's water crisis

Jan 24, 2020 - 10:30 AM

'I can live without a man, but I cannot live without water'

Golpe de gulat: This week's outlook

Jan 21, 2020 - 1:08 PM

Golpe de gulat is the Duterte administration's tool in telling the business elite that their time is up, that the future belongs to a new oligarchy

Duterte to Maynilad, Manila Water: Accept new deals or rot in jail

Jan 19, 2020 - 2:36 PM

(UPDATED) Citing the tactics of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, President Rodrigo Duterte warns he would incarcerate the water concessionaires executives if they bring the issue to court. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo clarified that legal processes will still be followed.

MARCOSIAN THREATS. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he speaks during the thanksgiving gathering of The Fraternal Order of Eagles (TFOE) held at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on January 17, 2020. Photo by Malacañang

House aims to OK bills creating 3 new departments by March

Jan 19, 2020 - 11:49 AM

Lawmakers want to create new government departments focused on overseas Filipino workers, water resources, and disaster resilience

PRIORITY BILLS. The House of Representatives will focus on 3 bills creating new departments once session reopens on January 20, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte threatens to reveal individuals behind 'onerous' water deal

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:44 PM

'The people should know.... Putangina, pag hindi, babarilin ko yung bayag mo,' says President Rodrigo Duterte as he amps up threats against the Ayalas and businessman Manny Pangilinan

THREATS. President Rodrigo Duterte once again lashes out at private concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water. Malacañang photo

Manila Water, Maynilad supply 'not affected' by Taal Volcano ashfall

Jan 13, 2020 - 4:45 PM

The concessionaires say tap water remains safe

A view of the Taal volcano after sunrise taken in Tagaytay on January 13, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

'Time of reckoning': Duterte offers new deals to Maynilad, Manila Water

Jan 07, 2020 - 2:57 PM

(UPDATED) Malacañang says that even if Maynilad and Manila Water accept the new deal crafted on the government's terms, there would still be no guarantee that they would be spared from prosecution for the original alleged 'onerous' contracts

DUTERTE'S THREATS. President Rodrigo Duterte doubles down on threats of a government takeover if Maynilad and Manila Water will not accept new contracts crafted on the government's terms. Malacañang photo

[ANALYSIS] Writing contracts on water

Jan 06, 2020 - 1:07 PM

Critical issues surrounding the Manila Water and Maynilad contracts with government threaten not just the water concessionaires but other current and potential public-private partnership projects

'Super coop' to provide water supply to underserved areas in Cagayan de Oro

Jan 05, 2020 - 8:20 PM

The creation of the Mindanao Cooperatives Water Service Federation is in line with efforts to address vital issues affecting Cagayan de Oro City's growing population

Residents of Hill top, Brgy. Bagong Ilog in Pasig City on March 12, 2019, queue for water after the barangay experienced water shortage for several days cause by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Last resort': Duterte pushes for Kaliwa, Wawa dams

Dec 30, 2019 - 7:17 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says people displaced by the projects will be compensated and relocated

'BUILD THE DAMS.' President Rodrigo Duterte pushes for the construction of two dams to solve the water crisis in Metro Manila in a speech in Digos City on Monday, December 30, 2019. Screenshot from PCOO video

After Cebu gov’t cancels contract, water consortium denies it breached contract

Dec 21, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says they have discovered alleged multiple violations, and that the consortium has failed to pay the provincial government's share

WATER. The Cebu provincial government and Manila Water Resources Incorporated squabble over contract terms for a bulk water project. Photo from Manila Water

[ANALYSIS] Duterte’s foul attacks on big business: What is he up to?

Dec 19, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The Duterte government has shown a propensity to disrespect contracts, ignore property rights, and harass businesses

3 La Union water district officials get 6 years for graft

Dec 18, 2019 - 2:50 PM

'The subject funds were merely made to appear as COLA when the actual intention of the accused was simply to bilk the company of its limited public funds for their pure selfish interests,' says the Sandiganbayan

Water consortium allegedly violated contract terms – Gwen Garcia

Dec 17, 2019 - 8:23 PM

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia claims there are multiple violations by the consortium, where Manila Water is one of the members

CONTRACT VIOLATIONS. Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says water consortium violated terms of contract with local government. Photo from Cebu Province Information Office

Axed Cebu water execs to push through with case vs Labella

Dec 17, 2019 - 8:07 PM

While the Metro Cebu Water District withdrew as a complainant against Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella, the 3 executives fired remain plaintiffs

WATER WOES.Axed executives of the Metro Cebu Water District are pushing through with their case filed agains the Cebu City mayor. Photo from Cebu City Public Information Office

[ANALYSIS | Point of Law] Water contracts mess: Fiasco for the investing public

Dec 17, 2019 - 8:30 AM

While the government must not be beholden to investors, it is essential that it does not trivialize their investments, must treat them with fairness and reason, and exemplify stability and confidence to attract investments

Maynilad, Manila Water bankruptcy feared if extension talks fail

Dec 16, 2019 - 1:01 PM

(UPDATED) Several Maynilad projects are already suspended amid the uncertainty of the concession agreement extension

UNCERTAINTY. Manila Water and Maynilad may declare bankruptcy if the concession agreement will not be renewed. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Careful review of water concession agreements needed – Robredo

Dec 15, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says she favors a careful review of the country's water concession agreements to avoid knee-jerk decisions that could affect investor confidence in the Philippines

WATER. Residents of Hill top, Brgy. Bagong Ilog in Pasig City on March 12, 2019, queue for water after the barangay experienced water shortage for several days cause by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOJ again flexes legal muscle in water row

Dec 12, 2019 - 7:41 PM

(UPDATED) 'Should liberality be used in favor of the concessionaire to the detriment of the public and the government?' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

FLEX. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra leads the DOJ review that prompted the revocation of extension of contracts of Manila Water and Maynilad. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ distances water review from Villar Prime Water issue

Dec 12, 2019 - 3:32 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra asks Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay Villar to inhibit 'to dispel suspicions'

WATER REVIEW. Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar distances herself from the DOJ water review that revoked the extension of Maynilad and Manila Water's contracts. Rappler screenshot

Down the drain: Manila Water, Maynilad owners' shares plunge to near-decade low

Dec 11, 2019 - 8:20 PM

Manila Water, Metro Pacific Investments, and DMCI are the biggest losers in the Philippine Stock Exchange on Wednesday, December 11, as the government's battle with water concessionaires continues

MWSS: For now, we need Manila Water, Maynilad

Dec 11, 2019 - 7:40 PM

The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System admits the government's existing resources aren't enough to provide water services

WATER WOES. Metro Manila residents line up for water amid a shortage of supply. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ex-MWSS chief: Water deal not 'onerous' in 1997

Dec 11, 2019 - 7:21 PM

Former MWSS chief Angel Lazaro III says the consultants they hired back in the 90s sought the bidders' comments on the draft water deal

NOT ONEROUS. Former MWSS chief Angel Lazaro III says the water deal was logical at the time they signed it in 1997. Screengrab from Senate website

Legally yes, realistically no: Duterte's powers to take over water operations

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Guevarra reveals it is the DOJ that recommended revoking the extension of Maynilad and Manila Water

LEGAL BASIS. President Rodrigo Duterte's latest threat of a water takeover finds its legal justification from Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.

Maynilad on revoked extension of deal: 'Very grave concern'

Dec 11, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Both Maynilad and Manila Water tell lawmakers they found out about the cancellation only on the same day the MWSS announced it in a House hearing

'VERY GRAVE CONCERN.' Maynilad president and CEO Ramoncito Fernandez is against the cancellation of the extension of their concession agreement with the government. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MWSS cancels Manila Water, Maynilad concession agreement extension

Dec 11, 2019 - 11:00 AM

After waiving billions of pesos in claims, Manila Water and Maynilad will see the end of their concession agreement in 2022. New companies may come in by then.

Manila Water, Maynilad: We're not public utility companies

Dec 10, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Defining the relationship of Manila Water and Maynilad with state regulators has several legal and business implications

Duterte threatens Manila Water, Maynilad with expropriation

Dec 10, 2019 - 5:54 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to 'take everything' from the two firms if he is not satisfied with how they explain 'onerous' provisions in their concession agreements

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 44th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 2, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Maynilad, Manila Water will no longer demand payment from gov't

Dec 10, 2019 - 2:41 PM

(UPDATED) Maynilad and Manila Water say they will no longer implement arbitration rulings which compel the government to pay them billions of pesos

Risky business: Why gov’t made sure Manila Water, Maynilad would earn

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:32 PM

Part 2: What is 'onerous' now was logical before. Rappler looks at the history of how government enticed the private sector to take over water services.


PH government admits it's unable to take over water operations

Dec 09, 2019 - 5:10 PM

In the event that Manila Water and Maynilad do not agree to the revision of contracts, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says 'then we go to court'

WATER CONCESSIONAIRES. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says teams from DOJ, DOF, OSG and OGCC are working on revising the water concession agreements with Maynilad and Manila Water. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Public interest, private hands: How Manila Water, Maynilad got the deal

Dec 06, 2019 - 12:32 PM

A water crisis in 1997 sealed the deal for both Manila Water and Maynilad. The same problem might end it, too.

Defying court, Duterte refuses to pay Manila Water

Dec 05, 2019 - 8:39 PM

'Pakainin ko 'yung pera sa kanila,' says the Philippine leader, in defiance of an arbitration court's decision on what the government owes the Ayala-led water concessionaire

DUTERTE VS MANILA WATER. President Rodrigo Duterte refuses to pay Ayala-led Manila Water the P7.39 billion the government owes based on a recent decision of an arbitration court. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Gov't not keen on 'compromise' with Manila Water – DOJ

Dec 05, 2019 - 2:50 PM

'Some members of the Cabinet want an overhaul of the existing concession agreements. Others are thinking of more drastic actions,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

WATER DEALS. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the Philippine is not keen on compromising the arbitration win of Manila Water. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte orders crafting of new water concession agreements

Dec 04, 2019 - 5:07 PM

President Duterte also orders the filing of charges against 'all those involved' in the concession agreements with Manila Water and Maynilad, claiming the deals are studded with provisions that harm Filipinos

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at the Malacañan Palace for the ceremonial signing of the Postponement of the 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections Act and the Malasakit Center Act on December 3, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Manila Water seeks middle ground on P7.4-billion arbitral ruling

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:20 AM

(UPDATED) Manila Water says it is open to a workable arrangement in implementing the arbitral ruling, as President Rodrigo Duterte launched tirades against the company

Duterte threatens Ayalas, Pangilinan after Manila Water arbitration win

Dec 03, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Manila Water's win against the government refuels President Rodrigo Duterte's determination to scrap the concession agreement of the Ayala-led company as well as that of Manny Pangilinan's Maynilad

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 44th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on December 2, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Emotions run high as PH water polo ends 8-year medal drought

Dec 02, 2019 - 2:18 PM

The Philippine men's water polo team crashes back into the podium with a silver medal in the 2019 SEA Games

SILVER. The Philippine men's water polo team gives the country a silver medal finish in the 2019 SEA Games. Rappler screenshot

Manila Water wins P7.4 billion in arbitration case vs gov't

Nov 29, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Manila Water scores a victory against the Philippine government over a spat in rate hikes