By Liza Soriano
MANILA — The country’s national security is still in danger due to the ongoing and frequent power outages in various areas, Senator Raffy Tulfo warned.
According to Tulfo, the government’s failure to adequately manage the frequently occurring lengthy brownouts could have a significant impact on the upkeep of peace and order in the nation.
“Itong patuloy na pagba-brownout sa ibat-ibang panig ng Pilipinas is becoming a serious national security threat. This has to be addressed because terrorists, insurgents, and other criminal elements could take advantage of the situation,” he said.
“Maaring i-tyempo ng mga masasamang loob na gumawa ng terroristic acts and other criminal activities tuwing brownout kaya kailangan nating tutukan at pigilan ang isyung ito na winalang bahala lang po ng ating kinauukulan, bago pa ito lumala,” Tulfo, the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Energy, added.
Since being elected as Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Energy recently, Tulfo earlier called out officials from underperforming electric cooperatives such as Oriental Mindoro Electric Cooperative (ORMECO) and vowed to get to the bottom of the problems of power outages.
The senator earlier filed Senate Resolution (PSR) No. 107 calling for a probe into the rotational blackouts in different parts of the country, as well as the rising cost of electricity amid these power interruptions.
“Maaring lusubin o i-overrun ng mga insurgents, terrorists at iba pang mga criminal elements ang mga police stations, military outposts, and other government facilities. Itse-tsempo lamang nila ang aksyon nila tuwing mayroong unaanounced brownout.”