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Blackout hits Basilan just hours before polls

/ 05:02 AM May 13, 2019
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The island province of Basilan (in red shading) in Mindanao (Image from Google Maps)

ISABELA CITY, Basilan, Philippines — With just a few hours left before the start of the midterm elections, the island-province of Basilan was hit by a blackout.

Dusib Durapal, acting general manager of the Basilan Electric Cooperative (Baselco), said the entire province lost electricity because a transmission line exploded in one of the main substations.

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The lights went out at around 9 p.m., raising fear among residents here that the blackout might affect the conduct of the elections on Monday.

As of 11 p.m., the entire island still had no power.

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Durapal said they were working on restoring power before the voting precincts open at 6 a.m. on Monday.

(Editor: Alexander T. Magno)

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