President Duterte says the concession agreements with Manila Water Co Inc and Maynilad Water Services are “onerous and disadvantageous” to the public. Photo: Reuters

Repeal of water contracts in Philippines could complicate Chinese dam loan repayments: congressman

  • The country’s water regulator has cancelled the 15-year extension of two concession deals after President Duterte rebuked two utility companies
  • Lawmaker Carlos Zarate says this has resulted in higher water rates for Filipinos, and paying back the loan could see costs increase further
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President Duterte says the concession agreements with Manila Water Co Inc and Maynilad Water Services are “onerous and disadvantageous” to the public. Photo: Reuters
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Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles has written for the SCMP since 1996. A freelance journalist specialising in politics, international relations, business and Muslim rebellion, she has contributed to Reuters, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Daily Mail, Times of London, Radio Netherlands and Asiaweek. She runs the award-winning investigative and opinion blog, raissarobles.com. Her book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, a brief history of the dictatorship won the 2017 National Book Awards for Non-Fiction. Her Twitter handle is @raissawriter.