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Comelec: Spare Abra from blackouts

With the use of Electronic Voting System, power supply is crucial during the elections.


By Rubyloida Bitog
Friday, January 25, 2013

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Cordillera promised to negotiate with Aboitiz Power Resources Inc. (Apri) to spare Abra on Election Day for it to provide power despite non–payment of the province.

Comelec Regional Director Jose Nick Mendros said they will contact the power supplier, Apri, to stop power outage so that it would not coincide with the Election Day, especially with the use of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (Pcos) machines.

He said they will prepare several power generators as alternatives if the power outage cannot be avoided during the Election Day.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) committed to closely survey the province for peaceful and fair elections this May even with possible power outages.

On December 10, 2012, the private firm Aboitiz cut off its supply over an unpaid P4.9-million electricity fee. The power was restored at 3:30 p.m. the next day, after the Abra Electric Cooperative (Abreco) paid part of its dues.

Abreco was asking Aboitiz for more time to pay its current bill for but Abra was placed in total darkness Friday. General Manager Loreto Seares Jr. of Abreco alleged the abrupt blackout is a politically-driven act of a certain politician because of a personal issue.

Aboitiz signed an agreement with Abreco on December 26, 2011, to provide electricity to all 27 municipalities in Abra, covering 295 barangays out of 303 barangays.

However, the hope of the Comelec was just washed away because of the recent decision of the power supplier on the termination of contract with the Abreco.

The supplier issued the notice on January 10, which took effect on January 24. The whole province of Abra went totally dark again.


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3 thoughts on “Comelec: Spare Abra from blackouts

  1. It’s so easy to point GM ‘s finger to the gov for what’s happening.
    Come on Loreto Jr, put your house in order.. this is not a gov’t funded institution. You are pocketing our money. Get real!!Action !
    We have not heard any sensible statement from your office..youre not fit for purpose .You should hang yourself in shame. Too bad electric chair is no use now.. it will just blow the fuse away.

    Posted by musilat mulagat | January 25, 2013, 10:16 pm
    • gob, popoy shld be held accountable for what he did by submitting himself to the authority. this is to test ur sincerity to the peacekeeping eforts of the pnp.

      Posted by eric shawn | January 26, 2013, 9:55 am
  2. comelec met detoy . . apay nia ti inaramid ni popoy ti comelec nga isubmitna bagina ti authority? wrong sa met ti nangipostsam ti c ommentmo, eric.

    Posted by ah-bra | January 28, 2013, 5:26 am

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