Power outages seem to be a normal occurrence in the campaign sorties of vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr.
For the third time in less than a week, Marcos had to talk to supporters without power. Hundreds of local officials and candidates all over Bohol who gathered at the Shang Palace in Tagbilaran City had to endure the intense summer to hear Marcos speak when power was suddenly cut off just before the senator arrived. People present said it was unusual to have brownouts in the restaurant.
Last Monday, brownout also hit the Iloilo City Gymnasium before Marcos was to address more than a thousand of his volunteers. Just yesterday, his speaking engagement in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental was also marred by a power interruption.
Organizers to all the events have said the brownouts took place before the senator was scheduled to speak. They also claimed that brownouts in both areas hardly occur.
This prompted Marcos to comment that he seems to be bringing the brownouts with him in his Unity Caravan. “Lahat ng puntahan ko, dala ko ang brownout e. Parang sumasama sa amin ang brownout, hindi ko alam kung bakit,” he later told reporters.
While refusing to categorically say that it may be part of ruining his sorties, Marcos said he could not help but suspect that there is more to the incident than being a simple technical glitch since it has happened many times in recent weeks. “Kahit saan ako pumunta may brownout. I don’t know kung artificial o dedicated sa akin ang brownout na ito. There seems to be a pattern,” he said.
When asked on the country’s power situation, Marcos said that there is really a demand that cannot be supplied because of lack of new infrastructures projects.
“Wala talaga tayong plano sa gobyerno para sa infrastructure kaya nagkaganito. They have not done anyting kahit matagal na ang warning sa power supply pero wala naman ginagawa,” he said.
He added that the next administration must study the potential of other alternative sources of energy including nuclear power because many countries are using it as it is the cheapest and safest if operated well.
“Let’s examine the potential of nuclear power and other alternative sources of energy because we have to increase our power supply and lower cost of production. Many developed countries are using nuclear because it is the cheapest basta maayos ang patakbo,” he said.