Energy chief to resign

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Petilla sets  meeting with Aquino today

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Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla

Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla plans to hand his resignation to President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Thursday after he failed to restore power in the places devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda in November.

Reports that Petilla was resigning circulated on Wednesday. The Manila Times tried to get his comment but he could not be reached.

The Energy chief had vowed to quit if he did to energize all typhoon-affected areas by Christmas Day.


He was quoted in an interview he wanted to meet with the President to turn in his resignation.

Two Palace spokespersons, Secretary Edwin Lacierda and Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., both said they were unaware of Petilla’s plan.

“No info on that. Will have to be verified,” Coloma replied to The Manila Times’ text query on the resignation issue.

Lacierda reserved comment until after Petilla meets with the President.

“Let us wait for the conversation between the President and Secretary Petilla to take place first,” Lacierda said.

Observers said it was unlikely for the President to accept Petilla’s offer to resign because there were only at least two towns left without electricity as of Christmas Day.

“We are still trying, but I don’t want to push my people as they did not even have Noche Buena last night. But this will be a continuing effort,” Petilla was reported to have said.

The Department of Energy (DOE) reported on Monday that 98 percent of  “backbone lines” in affected areas are functioning, but electricity has yet to be distributed among households for safety reasons.

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP), which operates the country’s power transmission system, said Wednesday that power in the Visayas was close to being fully restored.

“All NGCP transmission lines connected to all distribution utilities in the Visayas area have been restored as of today,” it said in an account on the social media.

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  1. Kayo ang Boss Ko! on

    Secretary Petilla, huwag mong istorbuhin ang boss mo, nagpapahinga at pagod na pagod yan sa trabaho. Kung baga busy yan – sobra! Masipag kasi: magsinungaling, manisi, gumimik, tumawa (ng walang dahilan in the midst of calamities!), makipagphoto ops, umastang manliligaw ng babae pero di naman pala, maglihis ng usapan, magpalusot, mamulitika, magtanggol ng mga kasama (na buking na), humamak ng taong di pa napapatunayan; yun bang mga style na wala namang ginawang pang-ekonomiya! Yan ang boss mo, kaya tama nga: MAG-RESIGN KA NA!

    • How do you solve a problem like Noynoy? Di lang pamumulitka ang inaatupag ng presidenteng ito. Pati pelikula ng pamangking si Bimby ay pino-promote na rin niya.Just what kind of official, the highest at that, we have is something we really do not deserve.

    • Irrevocable resignation in Pnoy’s administration is a euphemism for a transfer to another position. Just like former DIrector Rojas who tendered his irrevocable resignation as NBI Director after the Napoles “surrender” which was accepted by Pnoy only to appoint Rojas as a Regional State Prosecutor. Akala mo it was an HONORABLE ACT or with a sense of delicadeza when Rojas resigned.MALI pala! Naghanap pala ng ibang mapuntahan..Nag drama pa si Rojas.

      Kaya hindi tinanggap ni Pnoy ang resignation ni Petilla dahil wala pa siyang malilipatan. Nag e-emote pa si Petilla when he announced that he will be resigning.What he actually said is “i will resign” but ” if, when”….(fill-in the blank)