ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Nacionalista Party senatorial candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. yesterday said that the government should step up its effort to address the energy problem in the Visayas and Mindanao areas.
“Much is being done to address the blackouts in Luzon compared with the limited attention being given for the Visayas and Mindanao. This government should not only focus on mainland Luzon but also in key areas in Mindanao and Visayas affected by the blackouts,” Bongbong said.
Bongbong also expressed concern that the rotating blackouts being experienced by several parts of the country may develop into a full blown power crisis if not handled properly.
“The government agencies tasked to provide solutions to these blackouts should think out of the box before this escalates into a full blown crisis. Apart from the economic implications, this may also pose a threat to the smooth implementation of the automated elections in May,” he said.
“This situation will serve as a litmus test to the sincerity of the government in implementing full automation in the upcoming polls,” he added
A resident of Roxas City said that since the start of February, blackouts have become very frequent and sometime lasting up to 6 hours. Officials from the local electric cooperative explain that they are doing “load seeding”, a technical term for energy rationing.
The House of Representatives led by speaker Prospero Nograles yesterday said that various committees have started to prepare to conduct hearings in aid of legislation to determine the root cause of the blackouts.
“I am really surprised with what is happening now. You cannot help but wonder on the timing of it all. All the more I appeal to our people to be ever vigilant because the upcoming polls could see the use of dirty tactics never seen nor experienced,” Bongbong said.
“Our concern as candidates is that it seems this could be a concerted effort to derail the upcoming elections. I hope that this is not so because tampering with the elections will have dire consequences,” Bongbong said.