MANILA, Philippines – Arguing that the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) acted with grave abuse of discretion when it conducted the bidding of the Angat hydro-electric power plant (HEPP) in secrecy and in disregard of the people’s right to information, right to water and in violation of its mandate and the Constitution, various cause-oriented groups today filed a petition before the Supreme Court to safeguard the people’s right to water and to access information on government matters involving public interest.

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MANILA, Philippines – The ongoing sale of the 218-MW hydro-electric power plant (HEPP) component of the multi-purpose Angat Dam in Norzagaray, Bulacan is one of the first tests for the country’s next president, according to the Freedom from Debt Coalition.

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MANILA, Philippines – The Freedom from Debt Coalition staged a protest action outside the Asian Development Bank’s headquarters here Tuesday, blaming the Bank for its role in the unabated privatization of vital public assets, including the 246-MW Hydro-Electric Power Plant (HEPP) component of the Angat multi-purpose dam in Bulacan, to private and transnational corporations.

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MANILA, Philippines - The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) today urged the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) to stop the on-going sale of the 246-MW hydro-electric power plant (HEPP) component of the multi-purpose Angat Dam in Norzagaray, Bulacan over what it considers grave threats to the rights and securities of millions of Filipinos posed by such privatization.

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MANILA, Philippines – In celebration of the global World Water Week, the advocacy group Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) today conducted a creative protest lambasting the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and other multilateral development banks (MDBs) for continuing to espouse and encourage the privatization of potable water services and water resources.
 
Dressed as Na'vi tribesmen from the recent James Cameron film, Avatar, members of FDC staged a protest demonstration in front of the ADB headquarters here where an annual three-day conference on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) is presently being held. Bearing protest signs such as “Our water is not for sale,” they spoke against the Banks' continued promotion of policies and projects that awarded control of water resources and services to corporations.

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