Expert in law: No case of economic sabotage in Philippine law

President Rodrigo Duterte

The threat of President Rodrigo Duterte charging water concessionaires with “economic sabotage” may well be a comment and nothing more, as Philippine laws have no such offense, a law expert said Thursday.

Rowena Daroy Morales, professor of law at the University of the Philippines, said that her attempts to update our laws made no difference.

President Rodrigo Duterte fumed mad in a speech in Malacañang when he learned that the government’s concession agreement with two water concessionaires — Maynilad and Manila Water — appears to be burdensome.

Duterte assaulted a contract clause that if the government interferes with the enforcement of negotiated water rates, the government must compensate the utility company for any damage.

The president said people should be held responsible for economic sabotage behind the contracts.

But that’s Atty. Morales said only a concept is “economic sabotage.”

The threat of President Rodrigo Duterte charging water concessionaires with “economic sabotage” may well be a comment and nothing more, as Philippine laws have no such offense, a law expert said Thursday.

Rowena Daroy Morales, professor of law at the University of the Philippines, said that her attempts to update our laws made no difference.

President Rodrigo Duterte fumed mad in a speech in Malacañang when he learned that the government’s concession agreement with two water concessionaires — Maynilad and Manila Water — appears to be burdensome.

Duterte assaulted a contract clause that if the government interferes with the enforcement of negotiated water rates, the government must compensate the utility company for any damage.

The president said people should be held responsible for economic sabotage behind the contracts.

But that’s Atty. Morales said only a concept is “economic sabotage.”

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