Emergency powers to address
energy needs not needed: guv
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday that there is no need to give President Benigno Aquino Jr. emergency powers to address the country’s power situation.
He has enough powers to solve this problem, the governor added.
Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said the energy crisis needs to be addressed immediately for progress to continue, but he does not know the extent of the emergency powers being suggested.
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. yesterday said the House of Representatives is amenable to granting the president emergency powers to address the looming power crisis.
The country’s thinning power reserves, and power outages is a problem which Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla was “late in acknowledging,” Belmonte said
It is up to Aquino to specify the emergency powers he needs, Belmonte said.
On Tuesday, Malacañang said it has recommended that Aquino declare an emergency situation on the country’s power supply.
“Secretary Petilla recommended that we declare an emergency so that we can anticipate and look at various options as to make sure we are able to satisfy the supply concerns of our countrymen,” Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing.
Lacierda underscored the need for the government to address the power situation from now until 2015.
He said the country is experiencing rotating brownouts because of a number of plants shutdown. Power plants were affected by the recent typhoon “Glenda”.*CPG
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