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Sa mayaman mapupunta! Duterte tells Palawan officials to fix power woes by year end or contract goes to private sector

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte is giving the provincial government of Palawan until year’s end to solve its power supply problem.

Duterte made the statement on Saturday during the 1st Subaraw Biodiversity Festival in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

“‘Yung inyong sitwasyon dito, ‘yung inyong ilaw dito at this late of the day of development in the country, may brownout kayo na six to eight hours. That is not acceptable to me,” the chief executive said.

“Ngayon, on the extreme, maybe I will just give you guys — walang personalan ‘to, trabaho lang. I’ll give you about towards at the end of the year, a new set-up that would provide energy — enough energy to run a place and so that it can develop and it can operate and it can move,” he added.

In his speech, Duterte said he would “expropriate” power franchises should power outages still persist in the province.

“Kailangan… You’ll have to upgrade your source of energy. Kasi ‘pag hindi, ang gawain ko maghanap ako ng may pera talaga. China, eh nangangati ang kamay niyan eh just to get hold of developments here,” the President said.

“So meron kayo. I will bu — I will expropriate your franchise. Bilihin ko ‘yan. Well, at a valuation that is fair. Just compensation. Kung ganun lang dito, to end this — almost an impasse. I-expropriate ko ‘yan, bayaran ko — ipabayaran ko ‘yang mga… Well, of the cooperatives, lahat. Then ibigay ko sa mag-operate na bago.”