Osmena postpones JCPC hearing on Mindanao power crisis

April 17, 2012 11:14 pm 

MANILA, April 17 – Senator Serge Osmena III announced on Tuesday the postponement of the Joint Congressional Power Commission (JCPC) public hearing on the Mindanao power crisis that is supposed to be held on Thursday due to lack of quorum.

”I have postponed the hearing because we will not have a quorum,” Osmena said in a text message to the Philippines News Agency.

Osmena said House panel members Rep. Henedina Abad of Batanes is out of town while Zamboanga City Rep. Maria Isabelle ‘Beng’ Climaco is sick.

”I cannot get a confirmation from other members, too,” Osmena, chairman of the JCPC and Senate committee on energy, added.

The senator vowed to pursue the public hearing but will focus only for possible long-term solutions to the Mindanao power problem.

He explained that immediate and main issues related to the Mindanao power crisis had already been addressed during the first Mindanao power summit attended by President Benigno Aquino III at the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City last Friday.

”All the parties involved have aired their positions so there is no need to repeat all of them,” Osmena said.

Osmena, however, said he will request for a briefing on the situation in Mindanao next month at the resumption of the regular sessions of Congress.

Aside from Osmena, other Senate panel members of the JCPC include vice chairman Senator Teofisto Guingona III and Senators Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero, Miriam Defensor Santiago, Gregorio Honasan II, Loren Legarda and Joker Arroyo.

Other House panel members are Reps. Arnulfo Fuentebella of Camarines Sur, Lorenzo Tanada III of Quezon, Janette Garin of Iloilo and Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro. (PNA) scs/jfm

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