Focus on solving Mindanao power crisis, Aquino told


Senatorial candidate Teddy Casiño. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines— Senatorial candidate Teddy Casiño on Saturday criticized President Benigno Aquino III’s priorities, saying he should “quit campaigning” and focus instead on addressing the country’s problems, especially the power supply crisis in Mindanao.

“He is President. He should serve as the nation’s father but as the people can see, it seems he has different priorities,” he said in a statement.

Casiño also criticized Mr. Aquino’s statement that while he was not inclined to declare emergency powers in spite of the frequent and long brownouts in Mindanao, he would make sure there would be adequate power supply on Election Day.

“That’s what’s important to him – the elections. So he can reap the benefits of his going around for his party. I truly wish nothing happens on Election Day. That is why he should be putting all his efforts in solving the energy problems in Mindanao,” Casiño said.

The three-term congressman for Bayan Muna partylist said he was in General Santos on Friday and experienced the blackout firsthand.

“The businessmen there, big or small, the employees, they all complain about the brownouts. They are losing their livelihood. It has a huge effect on the economy,” he said.

Casiño said the government should adopt 13 recommendations made by the Mindanao Power Summit in April last year, including accelerating the construction of renewable energy power plants instead of coal plants and the creation of the Mindanao Power Corporation to manage and upgrade the existing government power plants there.

He said that given Mindanao’s massive potential for renewable energy, it would be cheaper to develop this than rely on environmentally hazardous coal power plants.

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  • Pulokoy

    anong gusto ni casino ang presidente pa ang mismo mag mando sa mga trahabador sa mindanao .. pwede naman mag-utos ng undersecretary to do that

    • BS

      Tama. Hindi na kakayanin ng utak ni Penoy ang iba pang responsibilidad.

      • LEN

        ha ha ha….

    • hu_yu

      eh bobo rin undersecretary eh gaya ng presidente……kaya mas maigi ang presidente ang kumilos tutal sya naman namumuno…naiintindihan mo ba? hehehe

  • tyurl

    Agree. The Pres should balance its political priorities and national responsibilities.

    On the other hand, what did Casino do to improve the welfare of this country apart from channeling funds to his favorite armed group? Or did he ever do something? Rally lang siguro and extortion sa mga nangangampanya sa liblib. Sa enerhiya kaya, may ginawa ba siya para maibsan ang kaulangan sa supply?

    • Gerry Albert Corpuz

      eto na naman po yung mga upahang taga banat kay teddy. pwde ba go after the records of Teddy’s performance sa House of Representatives. No.4 yan sa pinakamaraming batas na na-file sa Congress, and all these bills were pro-poor including issues surrounding power shortage. Ikaw naman, halata naman bayaran ka kaya ka bumabanat, at mukhang may quota ka. Pero please lang do some research naman. Halatang naka-template yung banat mo kay Teddy eh wala naman laman at mukhang pinulot lang sa mga sumusunod: 1). Malakanyang-Liberal Party 2). Akbayan 3) AFP at ANAD partylist. Alin ka ba sa grupong ito?

    • BatangSingapore

      may pagka mongoloid ka alam mo ba yun. lolokohin mo pa filipino gayong alam namin kung sino at walang naipasang batas kahit isa tungaw hahahhahahha. si abnoy na presidente mo bugok, hindi nga umubra kay lito lapid yan sa naiauthor niyang batas. tapos ikumpara mo pa si abnoy kay teddy casino hahhahahahahha.

  • buttones

    The problem of power supply on Mindanao has been on the Presidents desk for three years now [almost] and in fact the problem in the entire PH, this is NOT a priority, political campaigning is…and gambling joints of course…

    • Gerry Albert Corpuz

      this one is correct and morally sound. level up

      • buttones

        “this one is correct and morally sound. level up” Who is
        this ‘level up” addressed to? The President?

      • Leon Dulce

        Addressed to your comment yata. Hehe

      • buttones

        Really? So Gerry Albert Corpuz missed the irony, the sarcasm, the satire or whatever it was in my post? OMG! This is worse than I thought, all is lost..I’m sure of it now…………

  • Kiro Nazakato

    P-noy and Senator Drillon, these are my campaign suggestions for Team P-noy.

    1. Your speeches should be organized with equal emphasis on your accomplishments, your endorsements local candidates, and endorsements of Team P-noy senatorial candidates.

    2. Your endorsements of your local candidates and senatorial candidates should have prepared text instead of extemporaneous, because doing it extemporaneously, you tend to allocate, unconsciously I know, uneven introductions. In Bicol for instance, you hardly said anything about the candidate for govenor, while saying too much about the candidates for lower positions. For your senatorial candidates, you said too much about some candidates, while hardly saying something about the other candidates. You seemed to be groping for words for some, while words came generously for some others I know that was not ever intentional. But I can imagine how perplexing and disconcerting this was for some candidates who travel with you, knowing how important your endorsements are in their candidacy. This is happening Mr. President because you seem to do things, and everything by memory– or even off the cuff. Preparing the text ahead will avoid this.

    3. In your endorsement speeches, especially for senatorial candidates, please highlight the very important achievements and qualifications of each candidate, to ensure that one is given enough time. I suggest longer endorsement for senatorial candidates who are present, and shorter introductions for those who are absent.

    4. Introduce first for Senatorial Candidates those who are not yet in the magic 12( Magsaysay, Hontiveros, Madrigal, and to some extent Angara who was not very high in the surveys), because they need better your help. Please advice other all candidates to carry in their campaign materials the 12 candidates of Team P-noy.

    5. Can’t Senator Drilon not elicit better attendance in the succeeding campaigns? Sparse attendance may connote the team is not united, and that does not speak well of the coalition. Worse , it may be interpreted that you do not have control over your candidates. Or that some candidates are simplyself-absorbed, or matter-of-fact, just lack discipline. Imagine the other candidates working very hard, and Escudero just having grand time with Heart.( Overly confident??). Or Cayetano attending this and attending that, who cares?? Things like this should not have place in the campaign

    6. Can’t you have also at least a singer to come with you to sing in your campaign?

    7. Can’t Drilon and campaign tacticians-who are these guys anyway, Osmena, pangilinian Llamas- strategise and re-strategise, or brain-storm as you campaign to make sure that you get things better as you move on?

  • Lorebea Tamparong

    Akala cguro ni PNOY biro-biro lang ang nangyayaring brownout sa Mindanao kaya parang wla lang ito sa kanya. Kung sa Luzon kaya ito nangyayari ewan ko na lang hindi pa mas mabilis sa kidlat kikilos itong PNOY na ito…O baka naman talagang sinadya lang niya na hindi makialam dahil may mas malalim na agenda ito na makikinabang din siya…Baka nga talagang hindi ganito kalala ang brownout at sadyang pinapalabas na malala lang para makapasok ang mga kaibigan nyang negosyanteng may-ari ng mga pribadong power plants…Anung klaseng Presidente ito…???

    • Gerry Albert Corpuz

      naku walang kwentang presidente yan, palibhasa produkto ng yellow media. Itanong ninyo pa sa………….. anyway, another politically correct inquiry. This comment is great. level up

    • malek_abdul

      Kaya dapat wag iboto ang mga pulitikong may lahing intsik. Gagawin nilang negosyo ang gobyerno.

  • Handiong

    It is expected of a President to campaign for his candidates during senatorial and congressional elections because a President would want a Congress that will support the legislative agenda behind his program of government. It will be stupid of PNoy if he followed Casino’s stupid suggestion.

    • Gerry Albert Corpuz

      katulad ni Noynoy, isa ka rin stupid. Imagine, yung mga tao nag-suffer sa kuryente, tapos eto yung gunggong na pangulo, walang ginagawa, panay lang ang kampanya sa mga bulok na pulitiko ng LP. Buti pa si Teddy, isyu at kapakanan ng taumbayan ang laging naisip niya. Noynoy, you and the LP are stupid, not teddy

      • BatangSingapore

        korek ka 100%.

      • Handiong

        Another member of the Stupidati.

        Kung nagkakampanya ba si PNoy, napapabayaan na ba ang gobyerno? Nagkakampanya ba si PNoy 24/7? Masosolve ba ang problema sa kuryente sa Mindanao hanggang sa Mayo 13 kung hindi magkakampanya si PNoy?

        Mga gung-gung. Mag-isip-isip naman kayo. Mga issue nyo laban kay PNoy mga contrived problems. Hindi naman problema, pinalalabas nyong problema. Mga estupido!

      • hu_yu

        bobo ka nga talaga, maligo ka nga ng ma refresh utak mo hahahaha

      • Handiong

        If you were the President, would you not campaign for your senatorial candidates? Bobo ka kung hindi ka mangangampanya.

      • bongarroyo

        kaya panay brownout at palaging may problema sa kuryenta ang mindanao palagi kasing sinasabotahe ng mga NPA ni ka teddy ang mga planta doon.
        wala namang ibang ginagawa ang mga iyan kundi manggulo at magreklamo..

    • hu_yu

      hahaha bobo ka ba o bobo ka? me problema na nga, kailangan ng solusyon, bat kailangan pang ang daming drama drama hehehehe sira.

      • Handiong

        Member ka talaga ng Stupidati.

        Humihinto ba ang gobyerno kung may kampanya? Estupido!

  • malek_abdul

    Everyday in Zamboanga Del Sur where I reside power interruption last from 8 to 20 hours a day on the average. Mindanao has all the resources to generate power but what does the government do to tap these resources? Highest (payola) bidder? Maawa naman kayo sa mga taga Mindanao hindi puro pulitika lang ang inaatupag niyo. Saka niyo lang maalala ang Mindanao kapag eleksyon…pagkatapos ng eleksyon nakalimutan niyo na naman na ang Mindanao ay parte din ng Pilipinas.

  • BatangSingapore

    Kaya kayong mga taga mindanao huwag ninyong iboto si Bum Aquino lalong lalo na ang team patay aka team pinoy,

  • bongarroyo

    ka teddy iyong hinihinging tong ng mga kapwa mo NPA sa mga politiko bawas-bawasan mo naman…

  • Yobhtron

    Umeepal na naman ang tuta ng Tsina. Kontrolin mo naman ang pangongotong ng mga kabaro sa mga mahihirap ng revolutionary tax. Kayo din mga gongung ang sumisira ng mga infrastructure at properties kapag hindi nagbigay ng kutong ang mga business entities. BASTA MAKAKALIWA, DAPAT IBASURA!!!

    • hu_yu

      ok lang naman pag eepal nya, makikinabang naman ang sambayanan :)

  • JasonBieber

    Careful not to criticize PNoy to much because if you get on his bad-side he’ll have you jailed.

    Everyone should know by now after 3 years that PNoy’s priorities are all screwed up. He’d rather attack political enemies as well as blame and jail GMA rather than fix the many problems of the country like high unemployment rates along with high numbers of malnourishment in children plus the poverty stricken Filipinos not being attended to.

    • hu_yu

      well i don’t care, better yet he should jail all the filipinos, sira ulo nya presidente sya inutil nman kung mang react sa problema ng sambayanan

      • hu_yu

        lalo na sa mga taga mindanao na imagine 8hours rotating brownout

      • JasonBieber

        PNoy should focus on the many problems still facing the country but right now he’d rather campaign for his Team PNoy while continuing his obsessive attacks against GMA.

  • Rogers Nelson Uy

    sabi ni walang silbing prez abnoy penoy, inevitable na raw tataas ang kuryente sa Mindanao, so wala na kayong magagawa, kaya wag nyo iboto mga LP candidates bka lalo kayo makuryente kung gaano itataas yang pagsingil sa inyo.

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