Jul 27, 2020 @ 22:28

Bangga tayo dito, hinawakan niyo! Duterte believes Drilon protecting water oligarchs because he helped ACCRALaw craft one-sided MWSS privatization deal

President Rodrigo Duterte thinks Senator Frank Drilon is reacting too much in defense of the water concessionaires under threat of losing their 1997 Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) contracts.

In his State of the Nation Address, Duterte reiterated his suspicion that Drilon had a hand in drafting the MWSS contract drafted by ACCRALaw’s Eusebio Tan during the Ramos administration. Drilon, a managing partner of ACCRA or Angara, Concepcion, Cruz, Regala, and Abello Law Offices. served as Justice Secretary from 1992 to 1995 before he became Senator.

“I would like to ask Drilon, were you a part of ACCRA when this contract of Ayala water (Manila Water) was being drafted?” asked Duterte.

“Why are you fulminating? Bakit kasi ikaw lang ang galit? Ikaw lang mag-isa. And I suspect that you were also the one — or helped when you were there in the ACCRA,” Duterte added.

Duterte said top companies like Ayala would only get top law firms like ACCRA.

“Ang mga abogado sa public documents hindi nga natin alam kung naka-graduate ba o hindi. Wala. Would you think Ayala would get the services of those…? Ayala got ACCRA. ACCRA did it. Ikaw galing ka doon, most of you, more successful lawyers sa corporation, you handle big corporations. Iyan ang mahirap,” said Duterte.

“Bangga tayo dito. Me, hinawakan ninyo eh,” he added.

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