Emergency power for Aquino now ‘dead’

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The chairman of the House Committee on Energy admitted on Wednesday that no additional power for President Aquino to address the expected power shortage during summer.

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The panel chairman and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali said he had done his part but no one among the two Houses of Congress wanted to give in.

“I have talked to my colleagues and the House leadership if we can bargain some provisions but the decision is final that we need to stand on our version,” Umali told reporters in a chance interview.

His Senate counterpart, led by Senator Sergio Osmena 3rd, also stood path to their version and had not schedule for another Bicameral Conference committee. Congress is schedule to go on a traditional Lenten break starting tomorrow [March 19] and be back on May 4.

The House members are strongly pushing for the no-pass on scheme in using the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) as it is eyeing to tap the Malampaya funds as subsidy.

“We may approve it but we cannot ratify it at the floor because of the upcoming break,” Umali told reporters.

The Senate said the adoption of the ILP scheme would cost consumers Php 7 to Php 8 per kilowatt-hour under its version of the emergency powers.

On the time frame, the Senate still wants the special powers to be extended until July 2016 while the House only wants it from March to July of this year.

Both chambers want the government to mainly use the ILP in generating additional power capacity during these dry months.

He added that with the non-passage of the measure, any increases of power rates will be shoulder by the end consumers under EPIRA Law.

PNA

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  1. The rejection of emergency power for BS Aquino is a sure sign that BS Aquino is now officially a lame duck. Without PDAF and DAP, how else could he bribe Congress to give him emergency power? Even granting that he gets this emergency power, how can a clueless guy surrounded by his inept student council, ever resolve our looming emergency crisis? If he was not able to increase our energy supply in the 5 years that he was in power, what can this incompetent President do about it with just a little over a year left in his term? Quack, quack – said the BLAME DUCK!