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The Supreme Court has blocked the sale of the real properties of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System

The Supreme Court has permanently blocked the sale of the real properties and facilities of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to private owners to pay off its tax arrears. The Supreme Court disagreed with a lower court, which had held that MWSS’s real property was not public because of a concession and could therefore be auctioned off. “All the real estate tax assessments, including the final notices of real estate tax delinquencies, issued by the local government of Quezon City on the real properties of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System located in Quezon City are declared void, except for the portions that are alleged and proven to have been leased to private properties,” the Supreme Court said.

Source: Manila Standard

Privatization of water should be prohibited by law

Senate President Marti Batres says the privatization of water should be prohibited by law. “The Morena legislator said it is a cyclical issue, given the intention of President Enrique Peña Nieto to grant concessions for the exploitation of water before concluding his mandate, and although they can be revoked by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador when he assumes government, it is important to establish in law the explicit prohibition of delivering the country's water resources to individuals.”