DUTERTE OR­DERS ELEC­TRIC­ITY WOES FIXED; THREAT­ENS TO EX­PRO­PRI­ATE POWER DISTRI­BU­TION

Palawan Daily News - - Front Page - By Kia Jo­hanna Lamo

“Ei­ther you do it or I will do it for you. I will ex­pro­pri­ate.” -PRRD

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Roa Duterte set a dead­line for the lo­cal elec­tric co­op­er­a­tive to shape up to­wards the end of the year or he will have its as­sets ex­pro­pri­ated so that the peo­ple will have a bet­ter ser­vice.

The 6 to 8 hours of black­outs in Palawan is very un­ac­cept­able for him. “Kasi yung in­y­ong sit­wasyon dito, ‘yung in­y­ong ilaw dito at this late day of the devel­op­ment of the coun­try, may brownout kayo na 6 to 8 hours, that is not un­ac­cept­able to me,” he said. He said that there a lot of pos­si­ble part­ners who can bet­ter the en­ergy sec­tor of the is­land but says that if the co­op­er­a­tive is pro­vid­ing good elec­tric­ity for the city, then he will step out of the is­sue. “Marami yan sila, may part­ners.

Gusto ninyo? But I’m re­ally try­ing to find out if it is jus­ti­fied. Be­cause if it (coop) is pro­vid­ing good elec­tric­ity. Kung gusto mo lang mag agaw ng negosyo, ah huwag na­man. If it (coop) can pro­vide ev­ery­thing that a City needs to de­velop, hindi ako makikialam.” Pres­i­dent Duterte ex­plained.

The pres­i­dent warned, “Ei­ther you do it or I will do it for you. I will ex­pro­pri­ate.” Pres­i­dent Duterte said that if the co­op­er­a­tive did not up­grade the en­ergy source, he will look for some­one to ex­pro­pri­ate the fran­chise at a fair and well-com­pen­sated val­u­a­tion; he even men­tioned that China has a big in­ter­est to hold de­vel­op­ments around the coun­try. “Kasi pag hindi, ang gagawin ko magha­hanap ako ng may pera talaga – China, nan­gan­gati ang ka­may niyan just to get hold of de­vel­op­ments here.

Kung meron kayo, I will ex­pro­pri­ate your fran­chise. Bil­i­hin ko yan at a val­u­a­tion that is fair – just com­pen­sa­tion. Kung ga­nun lang dito, to end this al­most an im­passe, i-ex­pro­pri­ate ko yan, paba­yaran ko yang co­op­er­a­tive then ipabi­gay ko sa mag op­er­ate na bago,” he said. He said he has noth­ing against the co­op­er­a­tive and ap­pre­ci­ated that they are a “pioneer­ing spirit” in Palawan. “I have noth­ing against co­op­er­a­tives, they are a pioneer­ing spir­its.

Ngayon, on the ex­treme, maybe I will give you, walang per­son­alan to tra­baho lang ta­la­gaI’ll give about to­wards the end of the year (to have) a new set up that would pro­vide enough en­ergy so that it can op­er­ate and it can move. You have to up­grade your source of en­ergy,” he said. The pres­i­dent em­pha­sized that he wanted to talk to the gov­er­nor and other of­fi­cials about the said mat­ter es­pe­cially about the cases of black­outs within Palawan. “I’d like to talk to the gov­er­nor, mag usap tayo, mag kape lang tayo, sir, sa opisina ko. Pag-us­apan natin to. Hindi ko maano na hang­gang ngayon at this end of time merong elec­tric­ity ta­pos na­puputol,” he added.

The pres­i­dent ex­plained that if there is no enough money for the devel­op­ment of en­ergy source and there are no so­lu­tions, then he will talk to the peo­ple that could re­ally lend a help re­gard­ing the is­sue. “If there is not enough money, you have to bring in help. If there is no re­lief in sight, bet­ter be­gin to talk to the peo­ple who can help us,” said Pres. Duterte.

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