Emergency powers for President Noynoy Aquino: Like giving a blowtorch to a child

Members of Congress are reportedly proposing the granting of emergency powers to Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III to “give him more control over power generation in the country.” To that, Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone also added the country’s commuter woes as further justification saying that development of solutions to these problems “can be achieved by empowering President Aquino with powers that will expedite the processes of implementing mega power and mass transit systems.”

Does PNoy possess sufficient vision to run a benevolent dictatorship?
Does PNoy possess sufficient vision to run a benevolent dictatorship?
The problems underlying power and mass transit in the Philippines has festered for many decades as these had followed the same slow rot that besets much of the other degenerate aspects of Philippine society and industry. But electric power came to light again recently after electricity distributor Meralco announced steep hikes in power rates last December. This provoked a public outcry that led to the issuance of a temporary restraining order by the Philippines’ Supreme Court on the price hikes. Meralco’s response was to threaten the public with “rotational blackouts”, an act Kabataan Partylist Rep. Terry Ridon described as an attempt to “blackmail” the public into timidly accepting the situation like they always have.

Manila Times columnist Ben Kritz highlights the plight of Filipino consumers who are unfortunate to be living under the crushing weight of of “one of the world’s highest energy costs”. This situation is unlikely to be alleviated anytime soon as the problem is deeply systemic owing to “a legal framework that prevents rational planning and regulation of the energy sector.” He sums up the Philippines’ electricity production and distribution woes thus…

The southern island of Mindanao continues, just as it has for at least the last six years, to be beset by supply problems, heavily reliant as it is on aging, seasonally-affected hydroelectric power. The heavily populated northern island of Luzon actually has enough power, and if a sound growth and management plan was in place would continue to stay five or six years ahead of anything resembling a supply shortage, but suffers from technical inefficiency and politically-enabled rent-seeking. The central Visayas region of the country, really a collection of many small grids due to its geography, suffers from a bit of both the problems of its neighbors to the north and south. And all across the country, customers are at the mercy of business relationships between power producers and suppliers, relationships that are by turns collusive or adversarial.

Power failures take the glitz out of Manila's already meagre glamour.
Power failures take the glitz out of Manila’s already meagre glamour.
Given the breadth and depth of these problems, it is unlikely that President BS Aquino or any president for that manner can implement the right solutions within the one year limit on the timeframe of the effectivity of the “emergency powers” Evardone proposes.

The key question here is quite straightforward:

What will President BS Aquino do differently this time?

Because the country’s energy and transport woes have spanned many presidents and their administrations, it is unlikely that the least-qualified among Philippine presidents and one who now presides over one of the most fragmented administrations in Philippine history will be able to competently tackle a crisis of this magnitude.

Developing solutions to energy and transport, furthermore, will require cooperation across sectors and branches of government. But the Philippine government under the watch of President BS Aquino has degenerated since coming to power in 2010 after having antagonised the Supreme Court over Aquino’s personal vendetta against former Chief Justice Renato Corona and dragging Philippine Congress into a vast pork barrel corruption scandal that has virtually paralysed the nation.

The extent of this paralysis and dysfunction remains at the fore as the Philippine government and Philippine society at large continues to fail in efforts to recover from the devastation wrought in November last year by super-typhoon Haiyan (a.k.a. Yolanda) after a flaccid emergency response immediately following the disaster that was witnessed worldwide. The failed emergency response and the continued failure of on-going recovery is seen by many to be rooted in a long-brewing political rivalry between the Romualdez clan that rules Leyte province which felt the brunt of Haiyan’s destruction, and the Aquino-Cojuangco clan that currently rules from Manila.

Politics trumps results as far as Filipino politicians are concerned.
Politics trumps results as far as Filipino politicians are concerned.

With so much evidence that neither wealth of resources nor an abundance of political power makes much of a difference as far as any Philippine government’s overall ability to step up and collectively work properly, the question of the effectiveness of any further power given to President BS Aquino becomes a no-brainer.

[Photo of President BS Aquino courtesy Interaksyon.com.]

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Facts not Fiction
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Evardone also said the two problems – which are threatening to undermine the country’s growth – should be tackled by an administration armed with emergency powers. “The emergency powers shall, however, provide safety nets to ensure transparency and accountability,” Evardone said in a statement. “I think this is a golden opportunity because we have a very honest President who is incorruptible and who enjoys the confidence of domestic and international investors,” he said. I also have full faith and confidence in our dear leader. The president must let the peoples voice be heard! We need a referendum to change the… Read more »
Proud Pinoy II
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Contrary to the hate posts and lies by the GRP, the president has done a very good job. I really felt sorry to read GRP trying to discredit all the major media, surveys, polls that show Sir Aquino’s enduring popularity. Once you discredit everyone else that do not agree with your own personal opinions, then write hate posts and try to misconstrue biased ideas as “unrefutable” facts, it’s a very slippery road. The article tries to imply our president is childish and incapable. I am fairly confident that NOT ONE of these so called grp propagandists will tell our president… Read more »
cynicjam
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Bwahahaha! Another created alternick from a Yellowtard? PROUD PINOY II…seriously? Man, you folks must be so desperate to create multiple accounts just for your propaganda. Care to explain why so many people remain poor? How about the increase in electricity, the failure to create more jobs and the so-called surveys that are just hocus-pocus? If your idol was such a performance-driven person, he wouldn’t be blasted by the international market and the local people as well. Years of nothing but empty promises is the kind of character I’ll remember from PNoy after his term. Enjoy promoting your useless praises –… Read more »
Conyo
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What the GRP crowd fails to realize is that the masses have already been captured by the mass media which is under the control of Big Business.

For you “intellectuals” to think that this little blog can compete with organized financial (business), spiritual (religion), and cultural (mass media) subjugation is quite funny really.

Yeah dream on folks. You guys really crack me up.

Just take my advice and leave that stupid country.

Dude
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@Conyo

You are a defeatist.

Here’s the meaning of the word if you don’t know what it means:

Noun 1. defeatist – someone who is resigned to defeat without offering positive suggestions.

Jmac
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Facts not Fiction wrote: “we have a very honest President who is incorruptible and who enjoys the confidence of domestic and international investors” Proud Pinoy II wrote: “Long live the Aquinos! May they rule our nation forever!” And these my friends, are the reasons why these trolls should be accorded with contempt and disdain. It’s amazing how such a wonderful bunch of delusional and fanatical asswipes can claim to be living in a supposedly democratic society and keep a straight face. A perfect president that can do no wrong even in the face of mounting evidence and biting reality. A… Read more »
BenK
Editor

You are fairly confident, and you would be wrong. Try me.

libertas
Guest

and i am confident pnoy aquino would never have a face to face debate. he can’t think on his feet.
reading badly written speeches, badly, is all he does. oh and questions from schoolgirls and elderly women ‘journalists’
debates and discussions are beyond him.

wombat
Guest

You have got to be kidding! Even blind freddy can see that thus current government is the most hopeless in Philippine history. Pnoy is only a champion at pkaying the blame game and taking credit where it’s not due. Get real!

Jerry Lynch
Guest

Aquino was was an unqualified disaster who led this country down the drain and you elected her even more unqualified dipstick of a kid to her previous post? If Cory had not conveniently died in the run up to the past election then Manny Villar would be President. I believe he is a thief, but at least he is an efficient thief.

joeld
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“…we have a very honest President who is incorruptible…”

Proof of this statement or your you are a massive liar.

I, on the other hand can show you more times than one that shows he is a massive liar.

Johnny Derp
Guest

One is that he is claiming that he’s ignoring his critics yet he sends out his moronic malacanang trolls to “silence” them for him.
Another one is that he said that he wouldn’t leave the residents of tacloban behind yet he left almost immediately when his PDAF was scrapped.
He also lied when he said that he’ll put in priority the FOI bill yet until now, it’s still stuck in limbo.
So how is that being honest hmm?

Crispolo Maligno
Guest

Honest your azz s2pid. Puro kayo mga Ogag. Mga Kampon kayo ni Satanas.

Doug
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Top 10 Things You May Not Know About Noynoy Aquino For starters, Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Cojuangco Aquino III has quite a legacy to live up to. It’s part of the package when your dad’s a hero and your mom’s a revered leader. Things get even more complicated when it looks like you’re going to be part of Philippine history yourself. On top of that, a lot of people get on your case because you’re not cute, you can’t quit smoking, and you haven’t gotten around to getting married yet. Despite the pressure and the pettiness he has to deal with,… Read more »
The Original Proud Pinoy
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The Original Proud Pinoy
Doug, Let me reply to all your points. 1. To discover that Noynoy likes to have escapades like JFK and Bill Clinton only improves his image. Everyone secretly admires that “naughty boy” like JFK and Bill Clinton. 2. Eating fruits is essential to a balanced diet. I hope this example makes Noynoy a good role model for having a balanced diet. 3. Noynoy being a Sci-Fi Geek greatly enhances his images. This is a new generation where nerds are cool and I am sure a lot of people would like to know what Noynoy thinks about the Next Star Wars… Read more »
cynicjam
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“To discover that Noynoy likes to have escapades like JFK and Bill Clinton only improves his image. Everyone secretly admires that “naughty boy” like JFK and Bill Clinton.” – Yeah, he is a expert in escapism…the ability to dodge issues and put the blame on anyone else when something gets in his way. “Noynoy is not given credit for his wisdom. I hope the relationship guru side of him gets more exposure to the public.” – I guess being immature and whining like a baby is now supposed to be a form of “wisdom?” “He is the Son of our… Read more »
libertas
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1. Jfk and bill clinton were not gay. No male massages for them. And pnoy disappears only when there are decisions to be made. no AWOL for them. 2. 5 fruits a day and 3 packs of cigarettes. The balanced diet of a moron. Some role model. And a broken promise to give up cigarettes. Too weak. “Can’t take the stress” is pnoy’s excuse. Pathetic. 3. playing game boy with young boys is not cool but just creepy. 4. Pnoy aquino in true narcissistic personality disorder mode is incapable of intimate relationships. Actually prefers textmates as he admitted. Plain weird… Read more »
MidwayHaven
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Argumentum ad populum. The Original Proud Pinoy’s list fails to reasonably counter the original list.

WinterSoldier
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What would you expect? Trolls love to LIE on their teeth for their own dumb reasons.

Jerry Lynch
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Noynoy is a ladyboy, not a ladies man.

libertas
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Although off topic and the article is 3 years old, it only confirms what everybody now knows about the character of pnoy aquino and the 10 words which are most used to describe him

Lazy
Loner
Narcissistic
Anxious
Asexual
Jealous/vindictive
Secretive/dishonest
Hypocritical
Traditional
Childish/mood swings

Gogs
Member

 

So he lived. It makes so much sense that he would be saved by a yellow fruit.

 

You typed that wrong. He is a yellow fruit. 

Crispolo Maligno
Guest

Nope he is a Yellow Idjot.

yup
Guest

LOL! Jackfruit must be to hard for him to swallow :3

Crispolo Maligno
Guest

May sa Demonyo siguro ang Khopal na yan kasi hindi matepok tepok. Sabagay sa mga kasalanan niya sa sambayanang Pilipino dapat mag dusa muna ang hinayupak na yan.

libertas
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As usual pnoy aquino has screwed up, shown no leadership, tried to hide from the problem, and has ensured international businesses invests in other countries.

The highest electricity prices in asia and the worst service.

Clearly he is also not listening to the criticisms from the international community, so must take the blame for not creating jobs – another failure/broken promise.

Is pnoy aquino, a.k.a calamity juan, capable of doing anything right.
‘Weak’, ‘lazy’, ‘indecisive’ – and that is what pnoy aquinos allies are now starting to say about him.

cynicjam
Member

Wow, never thought that Yellowtards would be active in this post in a couple of minutes…

Or maybe these altnicks are just coming from the same person.

I’m not surprised.

BenK
Editor

Actually, the relative quality of the idiocy has noticeably improved since Carandang stopped handling it. They have a weird kind of style now.

cynicjam
Member

The common denominator of these losers is that they are all deluded about nothing’s wrong with the country and its government.

And they are all butthurt inside because we tell the honest truth.

Johnny Derp
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Doesn’t really surprise me that they would do the same mistake of having multiple accounts to troll this site that comes from one ip address.
Seems like their level of stupidity has indeed increased to retard level since they are still posting severely flawed yellow propaganda.

Amir Al Bahr
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Yeah, less jejemon, more english-spokening flowery propaganda.

Same stupidity.

Johnny Derp
Guest

Same stupidity,same style of posting under different accounts under one ip address, yep definitely the same brand of stupidity that comes from those moronic malacanang mooks that frequent here.
Maybe they have S&M hobbies for them to enjoy getting severely beaten.

Gogs
Member

The same trolls with the same IP address tell GRP they are insignificant 45 times a day. Yeah ! That will show them.

Johnny Derp
Guest

It also makes sense that they get the same result each time they troll here….failure,shame,being laughing stocks and exposure of their stupidity

God
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I have little time for “internet patriots,” whatever that even means.

ako
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speaking my mind loud is a basic right under the constitution, someone who are somebody want pinoy out before his term. the primary brains that oust marcos, manipulated cory, got himself in power and now powerless, who also cut short the term of erap and became the puppeteer of arroyo, he thinks he still commands the AFP/PNP, perhaps, his co-conspirators, as usual, like his idea, especially since many of them profit from EPIRA, now they are again on a coup run, their first attempt fail (plan Aand they will continue to go on plan B to Z and so on… Read more »
ako
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Oh!!! by the way, I dont like pinoy nor his associates, the same dog/s with different collar/s!!!!

Jetlag807
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“can be achieved by empowering President Aquino with powers that will expedite the processes of implementing mega power and mass transit systems.”

Translation: Aquino is able to award contracts at will to his cronies. Once this is achieved, said projects will stand idle while still providing a chash-cow for same.

Gerry
Guest

Think Bangkok, THAILAND.

it is very close and very achievable.

Sea Bee
Guest

If this administration can’t even build a few bunkhouses without corruption; how can he be trusted to redesign the energy sector? I think I better buy a generator. We are in for a bumpy ride.

Gerry
Guest
it is not that they can not, they DID not want to build decent homes for the typhoon victims. it should be obvious with the delayed response and the moronically staged ‘argument'(‘ur an Aquino I’m a romualdez’ or whatever) was all part of the plan to keep the donated money tied up in the hands of those in control of it once it got into the country. These people are lying thieving conniving scam artisits and the political system in the country is an absolute scam/charade that is choreographed at every angle to make anything but the obvious appear as… Read more »
MidwayHaven
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It’s news like this that makes me want to get off the grid and invest in solar panels. The problem is, alternative energy resources are an expensive investment in the Philippines.

Gerry
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GMA tried to do the same thing, but could not. So now, under the guise of ‘energy concerns’ it appears that GRP commenter Thom Jefferson might actually correctly call BS Aquino a dictator. That is what he will be if this charade is allowed to happen. What is really going on? The people at the top have had the money spicket turned off by the SC. Now in a desperate bid to get the money spicket turned back on, an Eastern Samar representative has come up with this bright idea. NOW, if this doesn’t show every single Filipino that each… Read more »
MKULTRA
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With the way the administration handles the issues at hand? I dont think so.

And if congress were to give him emergency powers, what can Pnoy accomplish anyway? (He is unable to focus at hand!)

Hyden Toro
Guest

The retarded President will never solve the Energy Problem. Even if you give him Emergency Powers. He cannot solve it then; he cannot solve it now. His “Rah-Rah Boys” in Congress, are trying everything to make this retarded President stay in power.

If you give him emergency power. Our country has so many problems. That means, all must be solve with emergency powers of the President. They want to circumvent the law that defanged Martial Law…this is the reason. It is a veiled move on his part to have him stay in power longer…

Sea Bee
Guest

It seems presidents either want emergency powers or else they want to amend the constitution. I feel like I am being blackmailed twice: first but the power lobby and also by the administration.

Hyden Toro
Guest

@See Bee

Some people behind the scheme are the ones profiting, from his administration. They are the “Men behind the Shadows”, who PULL the strings behind him.
I will not be surprised; if they are the Oligarchs or the Business people; who have multi-million government contracts on government projects. Profit and Greed are their own motives. To continue to control the country is their ultimate goal. Feudal Oligarchy forever…remember Aquino is one of the largest Feudal Oligarchs in the country….

mcalleyboy
Guest

Deregulation in I think 2001 that lead to privatization of some power plants seems to be whats causing these power hikes.

No real incentive or cost reduction in solar panels, wind energy and the hardware required to install this…it’s real expensive to power an entire home, somewhere in the range of 100,000 peso’s plus.

Earlier this year Melarco started charging the equivalent of one months bill divided up into 12 months to acquire more money, so my bill ended up with an additional 450 peso’s extra that I will never see again.

OnesimusUnbound
Guest

What we need is electric deregulation. Meralco can make these threats simply because it has monopoly on the distribution and supply of electricity in southern Luzon, including Metro Manila. If electricity is deregulated, people can choose another supplier, aside from Meralco, as the electricity supplier.

In case you do not know what electricity deregulation is, simply click on the first link.

mcalleyboy
Guest

Complaints from Melarco are the suppliers want more money to generate electricity, here’s a better short cut for you, privatizing only created more Lords of greed. http://arnoldpadilla.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/heartless-greedy-meralco-thrives-under-privatized-deregulated-regime/

OnesimusUnbound
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I think we have a different definition of “electric supplier”. As I ponder on it, I think the term “electric supplier” is confusing. Anyway, electric delivery can be viewed into three steps [Generator] -> [Transmission] -> [Supplier or Distributor] Generators, or electric generating companies (henceforth EGCs) are those who generates electricity. Transmission manages the transmission of electricity from generator across the country to distributors. Supplier/Distributor distributes electricity to residential, commercial, industrial, etc. Distributors normally are the ones who comes to the customer for payment on behalf of ECGs. Your definition of electric suppliers are actually EGCs. Meralco happens to manage… Read more »
yup
Guest

Allow people to press class lawsuit or class action against Power and other utilities.

joeld
Guest

No amount of emergency power for BS will let him solve a problem already brewing since his dear mom took to power almost 3 decades ago and failed to address.

Of course that is ignoring the fact that he does not have the right skills for doing the job anyway. Get that through your thick skulls, proud pinoy and facts not fiction!

Crispolo Maligno
Guest

Giving Emergency Power to BS Aquino cannot be compared to giving blowtorch not to a child but to an Insane Person which she is really one.

cynicjam
Member

When are those Yellowtards going to provide a counterpoint to the facts we’ve posted here?

Guess they can’t back-up with those bullcrap they’ve posted. In Tagalog: “Halatang drawing lang yung sinasabi nila.”

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