Once again, DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson is the subject of a controversy. According to the Sunday edition of Philippine Daily Inquirer, Sec. Singson pushed for a water concession deal between Maynilad and Pagcor, when it was still headed by another controversial figure Efraim Genuino. The said deal would have deprived MWSS of P3.6 billion in concession fees, the amount would have been enough to wipe out MWSS’s P2.5 billion debt.
When PDI asked Singson for a comment, he texted that “there was ‘nothing irregular’ with the agreement between Maynilad and Pagcor, and that the latter merely wanted to make sure [its] investors have water.” If the investors have been monitoring the state of our water shortage problems this past couple of weeks, they probably would have pulled out from the deal.
I urge our President PNoy to reconsider his appointment of Rogelio Singson as DPWH Secretary. Fine, let’s give him the benefit of a doubt. Maybe the MWSS Board of Trustees wants payback for the expose on them during the first SONA. There was also that incident when he declared to then MWSS Chair Claudio that President Aquino agreed to his request to replace Claudio as MWSS Chair and we later find out his declaration was false. Still, Secretary Singson’s reputation is tainted. If PNoy wants everyone of us to walk the path of ang daang matuwid, we should not allow even a single appointee to have a charater na baluktot.