New DPWH secretary Rogelio "Babes" Singson had a sudden attack of "delicadeza" when he purportedly gave up as "chair" of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage Systems or MWSS citing "conflict of interest".
Singson only had this "epiphany" shortly after an interview over DZMM and when he already assumed the post. And to think that Singson is proud of telling the people that he's a "minister" of God.
If he, really, is a minister, then, Singson would have the decency of resigning altogether as DPWH secretary, not just giving up the MWSS post. Imagine, he just barely warmed his seat and he now has this problem about "delicadeza"? How many more delicadeza-related issues would he encounter in the future? Noynoy has six more years to go.
Singson, before assuming the DPWH post, is the top executive of Maynilad, a public utilities corporation. If Singson really felt "hiya", he should have refused the offer of Noynoy Aquino the very first time he was offered the public works portfolio.
Singson only gave up the chairmanship after media reminded him of a conflict of interest. I don't believe that he did not know that there's a problem prior to assuming the post.
Fact is, his very appointment smacks of the absence of delicadeza.
He's the representative of Big Business in government and we all know that Big Business right now is eye-ing other government businesses and services which the State plans to privatize.
Had we not pointed this out to him, Singson would not have relented and would have taken over the MWSS with impunity. Such is the lack of delicadeza of a few of the President's men.
What is there at the MWSS that is so juicy and so salivating that Singson wants nothing more than its chairmanship?
Water rates. MWSS is now acting as the regulatory body that protects the public's interest in water services of two concessionaires--Maynilad and Manila Water. MWSS is the one who approves water rates. Probably, Singson is so desirous to control it because his backers are salivating on increasing water rates.
Woe is the Filipino consumer! We already have a cartel over oil prices. We have a mammoth and inefficient electricity cartel, likewise in rice cartel. Now, even water is slowly being cartelized and commodified.
By the way, it's already SATURDAY AND CUSTOMS COMMISSIONER ANGELITO ALVAREZ IS STILL TRYING TO FIND A BIG FISH INSIDE THE BUREAU WILLING TO BE HIS FIRST GUINEA PIG.
WHY IS IT TAKING HIM TOO LONG TO PRESENT ONE WHEN HE BRAGS THAT HE KNOWS THE "INS" AND "OUTS" OF THE BUREAU?
ALVAREZ IS A VETERAN PLAYER, WITH MORE THAN 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN THE FREIGHT AND CUSTOMS INDUSTRY.
SO MUCH FOR THIS GUY WITH LOTS OF AIR IN HIM. WELL, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM A GUY WHO CHEATED HIS WAY TO A GOLF WIN?