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Solon questions P.5-B payment by state-owned firm to idle power plant


A militant solon was puzzled why the state-owned Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) paid over half a billion pesos for the operation of a non-performing power plant in light of the massive power shortage.

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Petilla admission proof of collusion, says Rep. Colmenares

Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla and Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Javier Colmenares. AP/INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla’s admission that there was adequate power supply when the Malampaya natural gas facility went off grid for one month last year is proof that there was collusion among the energy market players to ramp up prices, according to militant party-list members at the House of Representatives.

Posted: January 25th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Senators slam energy execs for negligence

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Senators on Thursday took energy officials to task for their failure to activate the government-owned Malaya plant during the simultaneous shutdowns of the Malampaya gas pipeline and power-generating plants late last year that resulted in huge power increases.

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Lawmakers shocked water firm bags oil-spill cleanup contract


Lawmakers on the House committee on energy were shocked when they learned on Monday that the company that bagged the multimillion-peso contract to clean up the oil spill off a fishing town in Iloilo was an operator of neighborhood purified water refilling stations a little over a year ago.

Posted: December 17th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Iloilo oil spill clean-up to go ‘full-scale’ within 48 hours—Drilon

Tacloban Airport is covered by debris after powerful Typhoon Haiyan hit Tacloban city, in Leyte province in central Philippines, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. AP FILE PHOTO

The clean-up and containment efforts of the oil spill in Estancia, Iloilo are expected to go “full-scale” within 48 hours, the deadline imposed by the Power Sector Assets and Liability Management (PSALM), Senate President Franklin Drilon said on Thursday.

Posted: November 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »