President can take over water utilities amid looming crisis – Lacson
MANILA, Philippines – Congress may delegate the power of the state to the President to take over operations of water and other public utilities amid a looming water supply crisis, Senator Panfilo Lacson said Tuesday.
Citing Section 17, Article VII of the 1987 Constitution and existing jurisprudence, Lacson said “Congress may delegate to the President the power of the state to take over the operation of public utilities.”
In an interview with reports Monday night, Duterte said he would exercise “extraordinary powers” for the construction of the P18.7 billion China-funded Kaliwa Dam project in Quezon and Rizal provinces.
Kaliwa Dam is seen to be the solution to the water shortage in Metro Manila and nearby areas.
But environmentalists, indigenous groups and some local governments have opposed its construction.
Malacañang, meanwhile, said that the President could also take “drastic actions” against water concessionaires over the imminent water crisis in Metro Manila and nearby provinces as the water level in Angat Dam continues to drop./gsg
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