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Anong say niyo? Win Gatchalian wants Esperon, Cusi’s opinions on NGCP’s security

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Forget about China’s pronouncement that it has no plan to “sabotage” the Philippines’ power grid — from Luzon to Mindanao.

Senator Win Gatchalian said he will rely only on the “expert opinion” of National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on the issue of whether the country’s power transmission lines are safe or not from “outside control.”

Gatchalian recently raised security concerns over the country’s transmission lines after learning that China owns 40 percent of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

Asked to comment on China’s assurance that cannot control the Philippines’ power grid remotely, Gatchalian said, “Dalawang tao lang ang pakikinggan ko pagdating sa isyu na ito.”

“Una ang national security adviser natin, pangalawa ang DoE secretary dahil sila ang may kinalaman dito sa kuryente,” he said in a radio interview.

“So, dalawang tao lang ang may pinakamabigat na boses pagdating dito,” said Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy.

Gatchalin added, “Ang ating Pangulo (Duterte) nakikinig din sa national security adviser at DoE secretary. Other than them mahirap makinig [sa ibang tao o grupo sa] sa labas [ng bansa] natin.”

“Trabaho ng national security group na maging paranoid at tignan lahat ng technology na ginagamit. Kahapon may nakausap ako na posible ang technoloy na ganyan,” he said.

“Ang kwestiyon is gagamitin ba against us o hindi. Importante gumawa tayo hakbang para di ito maging banta sa ating bansa,” he said.

After last week’s filing of Senate Resolution No. (SRN) 219 seeking to scrutinize the NGCP’smandate in safeguarding the grid amid national security concerns, Gatchalian has filed three more resolutions in his desire to probe NGCP.

In filing SRN 225, Gatchalian wants to probe the creation and timely implementation of the Transmission Development Plan to ensure that the expansion of the electric power transmission grid is responsive to accommodate new power generation facilities in order to meet increase in electricity demand.

He filed SRN 226 to determine whethet the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has complied with its commitment to resolve the pending issues of the transmission grid operator for the benefit of all electric power end users.

He also filed SRN 227 is in response to the ongoing concerns over potential Chinese interference in the country’s power transmission line through the China-owned State Grid Corporation, which has a 40 percent stake in the NGCP.

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