INSTEAD of seeking extra powers, President Benigno Aquino 3rd should appoint efficient and capable officials to the Department of Energy (DOE) who can deal with the energy problem, some bishops said on Wednesday.
Marbel Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez said the government should allocate a sufficient budget for energy concerns so it can tap other sources of power.
“[The government should] produce more electricity and build solar, hydro, wind [and]biofueled power plants,” he added.
Gutierrez said Aquino should bring “competent, honest and dedicated officials to the DOE and ask Congress for enough funds for permanent and temporary solutions [like power barges].”
Malolos (Bulacan) Bishop Jose Oliveros echoed Gutierrez’s sentiments, saying emergency powers are not the key to solving the looming energy crisis.
When asked if Congress should give emergency powers to the President, Oliveros replied, “Definitely not.”
“If PNoy [Aquino] cannot avert the power crisis with his ordinary powers, then he himself has to be blamed,” he said, adding that emergency powers can be abused.
“He is not a good administrator to all … God save us in the Philippines!” Oliveros said.
Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes and Basilan Bishop Martin Jumuad took the opposite view, saying Congress should support the President since the “power situation in the Philippines is critical.”
But Jumuad qualified his support, saying the powers should be specified.
“Congress must be specific as to the powers granted to the President [so he]will not abuse [them],” he said.