Aquino scolds execs over power failure


PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday reprimanded Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and officials of the Energy department and the National Electrification Administration (NEA) for their failure to fully restore power in areas in Mindanao hit by Typhoon Pablo more than a year ago.

The President vented his ire during his speech in Cateel town in Davao Oriental, which was among the hardest-hit by the typhoon in December 2012.

“It is a fact and they know it that I rarely lose patience. They shouldn’t dare,” Aquino said to the delight of his cheering audience.

He said he was surprised to learn that there were still places in Cateel that had no electricity.

“I just spoke with Secretary Abad, I also called up [Energy] Secretary [Jericho] Petilla and our NEA Administrator [Edita Bueno]. I called them because I was shocked to learn that there are still areas here that have no power. They [responded], saying there is a pending request from NEA [but]the DBM said they don’t have the request,” the President said.

Aquino blew his top when none of the officials could give him a definitive answer regarding his query.

“Where is the request? Before I leave Cateel I need a straight answer,” he told the officials.

Pablo was the strongest tropical cyclone to ever hit Mindanao, with 280-kilometer per hour winds.

After hitting Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley provinces, it crossed the southern and central parts of the region, cutting power in two provinces and triggering landslides. More than 170,000 people fled to evacuation centers.

The towns of Boston, Cateel and Banganga in Davao Oriental bore the brunt of the typhoon’s fury. New Bataan in Compostela Valley recorded the highest deaths.

Pablo left 1,300 people either dead or missing and is estimated to have caused about P37 billion in damages to infrastructure and agriculture.

Cateel was the President’s first stop in an inspection tour of the disaster-stricken areas in the Visayas and Mindanao. Aquino will next fly to Bohol, Cebu, Leyte and Eastern Samar.

In Cateel, the President said he decided to commemorate the EDSA People Power anniversary outside Metro Manila by checking on cities and municipalities hit by calamities.

“Because we believe in downfall-and-recovery for every initiative to ensure that no one is left behind as we tread the straight path. We live by the true spirit of People Power,” Aquino said.


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  1. Hoy Abnoy, KKK mo lahat ng hayop na yan. So it’s your fault for putting your kurakot gang in government. You do not know how to lead, bobo

  2. Tin Alacantara on

    Mabuti nga na sinita ni Pnoy ang DOE,DBM,NEA para ayusin nila ang trabaho nila para sa mga taga Davao na wala pang kuryente

  3. Dapat lang matakot ang mga buwaya sa gobyerno dahil uubusin talaga ni PNOY ang mga kurap!Mapupuno ang kulungan niyan

  4. Dapat ikaw Noy ang nagre-resign eh at yan ang kailangan namin na mawala ka na sa puwesto para naman guminhawa naman ang kalagayan namin. Eh patutsada ka pa eh wala ka naman gagawin pa-gimmick ka pa! Sabi mo dapat may mangyari kaagad? Kailan yun? Dapat kaagad dahil kailangan ang electricity ng bayan na yan! Eh paano, kung walang mangyari sa loob ng say three months? Pagre-resign-in mo ba si Abad Boy? Kaya mo ba? Ha ha ha! Patawa ka eh kayakayanan ka lang ng mga iyan….tigil nyo na yung gimmick ninyo diyan sa Malacanang, please lang.

  5. i do not believe for a moment that noynoy does not know the current situation in the area he visited. it is a known fact that the president is always briefed on the current situation in an area that he will visit. this burst of anger is only a play to show that he is in control and that he spares nobody (even his allies and lapdogs) for incompetence. he can fool somebody sometimes but he can not fool everybody all the time. people are getting smarter and learn from noynoy’s continuing incompetence, miscues and lying. “bulok na ang approach mo noynoy, at saka kumita na yung act mo!

  6. CNoy is full of himself.

    The fact is he knows that there is no request. No funds for said request because these were already consumed by the yellowvultures without any audit. Unless of course, oif CNoy releases some nominal amount fromn his own trillion piggybank pork. COA’s Gracious refuses and still continues to refuse to audit CNoy DAP.

    The buck stops at the charlatan’s forehead.