Rampant brownouts in the regions may affect peace and order, senator warns

SEN. Raffy Tulfo on Monday warned against the possible consequences of longstanding and persistent power outages in different provinces to the country’s peace and order situation.

Airing an alarm over what he saw as “a serious threat to the country’s national security,” Tulfo pinned the blame on the Duterte administration’s “failure to properly address the recurring long periods of brownouts.”

Amid what he warned as  “growing concerns over the consequence of the unsolved power supply crisis, the senator cited the possibility that “it could seriously affect the maintenance of peace and order in the country.”

Conveying widespread public apprehension in the hope of getting quick government response to the situation, in his Friday radio program, Tulfo suggested, “This has to be addressed because terrorists, insurgents and other criminal elements could take advantage of the situation.”

“Itong patuloy na pagba-brownout sa ibat-ibang panig ng Pilipinas is becoming a serious national security threat,” the senator said stressing, “This has to be addressed because terrorists, insurgents and other criminal elements could take advantage of the situation.”

He added, “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, upon assuming chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Energy, already called out officials from underperforming electric cooperatives like Oriental Mindoro Electric Cooperative, vowing to get to the bottom of the problems on power outages.

Moreover, Tulfo earlier filed Senate Resolution 107 pressing for a deeper investigation to assess the need for remedial legislation addressing “the rotational blackouts in different parts of the country, as well as the rising cost of electricity amid these power interruptions.”

Airing an alarm, the senator warned : “Maaaring lusubin o i-overrun ng mga insurgents, terrorists at iba pang mga criminal elements ang mga police stations, military outposts, and other government facilities. Itsetsempo lamang nila ang aksyon nila tuwing mayroong unannounced brownout.”

At the same time, Tulfo likewise aired an alarm over the adverse effect of persistent and rotational brownouts to the health and safety of the Filipinos, especially the poor, saying: “Malaki ang banta nito sa kaligtasan ng mga mahihirap nating kababayan, partikular na sa mga pasyente sa mga ospital, clinics, o centers na walang generator. Buhay ng mga pasyente na nasa kalagitnaan ng medical procedures ang nalalagay sa panganib tuwing magkakaroon ng unannounced brownout.”