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Prime, interrupted: Judge TROs Villar-firm takeover of BACIWA

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Lone opposition Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. sees the temporary restraining order issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Phoebe Gargantiel as a “partial victory” against the looming “privatization” of the water utilities firm.

“It gives us a fresh lease on life, so to speak,” Gamboa told DNX shortly after Gargantiel issued the order just four days before Primewater Infrastructure Corporation is set to take over the firm’s management through a joint venture agreement.

Gamboa said the order issued by Gargantiel will only give time for the contending parties to submit their written arguments to the court.

Mona Dia Jardin, BACIWA corporate secretary, said the order was not a ruling on the merits of the case but to just give time to the threshing out of issues both sides have presented.

Besides, Jardin said, the respondents, which include her, have not submitted their judicial affidavits yet.

Gamboa and some Bacolod residents have earlier filed a petition before Gargantiel.

Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.

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