Corona halts privatization of Angat dam

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BY WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL Reporter

The Supreme Court has temporarily granted the petition of cause-oriented groups to stop the privatization of the 246-megawatt hydroelectric power plant component of the Angat multipurpose dam in the province of Bulacan.

Chief Justice Renato Corona issued a status quo ante order in behalf of the Court en banc, which is currently in recess.

In the same order, the Court also directed respondents Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM), Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, National Irrigation Administration and the winning bidder Korea Water Resources Corp. (K-Water) to comment on the petition of the cause-oriented groups led by the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC).

The other petitioners were the Akbayan Citizen’s Action Party, Alliance of Progressive Labor and Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment Through Alternative Legal Services Inc. (Ideals, Inc.) and Rep. Walden Bello of Akbayan.

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