THE Commission on Appointments on Wednesday deferred the confirmation of the ad interim appointment of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi after he failed to provide the committee details about electrification of barangays (villages) and data regarding independent power producers.
Cusi has until Wednesday next week to complete the data requested by Sen. Panfilo Lacson in order to get the approval of the panel.
Lacson asked Cusi to provide the committee the number of barangays with 51 percent of sitios “electrified.”
Cusi told the lawmakers that 100 percent of barangays already have power, although there are still some households that do not have electricity.
Lacson refuted Cusi’s claim, noting that there are some barangays where less than 50 percent of sitios remain powerless.
The senator said Cusi should give out accurate data because if he insists that all barangays are electrified then villages without electricity will not be given priority.
Senator Franklin Drilon, chairman of the CA’s energy committee, moved to temporarily suspend the hearing to give Cusi a chance to gather the data being requested by Lacson.
During the break, members the committee allied with the administration led by Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd coached Cusi on how to respond to Lacson’s questions.
Meanwhile, the CA confirmed the promotion of 22 senior officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)—Lieutenant General Ferdinand Quidilla; Major Generals Melquiades Feliciano, Domingo Palisoc Jr., Edgar Gonzales, Elvin Velasco; Brigadier Generals Paterno Morales, Rizaldo Limoso, Anastacio Cabading Jr., Eric Uchida, Arthur Biyo, Arnulfo Rafanan, Albert Mogol, Dionisio Robles, Rolando Joselito Bautista, Eric Calip, Martin Villasan, Casiano Monilla; Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado, Rear Admiral Gaudencio Collado Jr.; Commodores Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, Samuel Felix; and Colonel Jose Emmanuel Mariano.