President Aquino rejects proposals to use emergency power on power rate hike issue

January 14, 2014 11:13 pm 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Jan 14 (PNA) — Despite proposals from Congress to use his “emergency power” in addressing the country’s energy woes, President Benigno S. Aquino on Tuesday said that he did not yet find it necessary.

In the Philippine constitution, emergency power refers to the President’s taking over the operation of either a private or public business which affects public interest, if for a national emergency.

After the groundbreaking ceremony of the San Gabriel Power Plant Project in Sta. Rita, Batangas City, Pres. Aquino said that he did not think that the Filipino people were in a situation where he has to make use of his emergency power to control power rate hikes.

He also emphasized that he never asked for this emergency power since he was keen on waiting for results of the probe on the alleged collision among power generators before acting upon it.

"I would like to emphasize I never asked for it. It was proposed I understand by certain members of Congress,” Pres. Aquino said. “I never asked for emergency powers."

"I think it is incumbent upon us that this situation that greatly affects the welfare of many of our countrymen we should know what actually transpired,” he added.

He also said that aside from knowing the real cause of the concurrent shutdown of power generators, the national government would also work to find the best ways to address it.

"If it's a commercial decision that was wrong, the government never promised that they will be shielded from their wrong decisions," he said. (PNA)



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