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The power problem: a Shell-driven crisis

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When Malacañang asked Congress for emergency powers to address a power crisis that it expected in the summer months of 2015, the impression given was that the country was facing a massive demand that would outrun available supply. In its request, the administration invoked Article 71 of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira), which states that the chief executive, “upon determination of a shortage of supply of electricity, may ask Congress for authority through a joint resolution, to establish additional generating capacity under such terms and conditions as it may approve.”

Posted: November 22nd, 2014 in Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

‘Wang-wang’: public display of arrogance

I would like to express a few ideas in reaction to the editorial titled “‘Wang-wang’ lives” (Opinion, 10/31/14).

Posted: November 6th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The problem with ambition

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I wonder at what point in the etymology of the word did ambition become not only acceptable but even laudable. For a word that also contains a fair amount of negativity about it, why having an ambition deemed necessary if one were to progress and prosper?

Posted: October 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Thinking out of the box about the power shortage

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There are two difficult things about the move seeking emergency powers for President Aquino under Section 71 of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira), to deal with the impending shortage in electricity expected in the summer of 2015. The first is that the conditions leading to such “emergencies” have been known and identified since 2012. And the second, the use of such emergency powers to lease 300-350 megawatts of diesel generator sets does not guarantee that the same “emergency” will not recur after 2015.

Posted: October 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Bright, power-saving ideas

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“BRIGHT IDEAS” is the name Meralco is giving to its customer information drive to “educate” long-suffering consumers who want to cut down their electricity bills. Or, as the company politely puts it, to educate consumers “on electricity cost and energy efficiency so they can make informed decisions on managing their consumption.”   According to Meralco, […]

Posted: July 4th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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