By Engr. Virgilio S. Perdigon, Jr.
We are the geothermal energy capital of the Philippines. We produce more electricity than we need. But tonight, Albay is the darkest province in the whole country. The minions of the dark, the architects of liberalization, advocates of unbridled free enterprise, and the schemers of privatization must be grinning with infernal delight as the ordinary Albayano prepares his family dinner.
This is inexplicably unjust. The ordinary consumer paid his monthly electric bill but he is suffering from the deed of NGCP, PEMC and NEA.
This is absurd. Albay gave the Luzon grid P103 billion worth of electricity. On account of some P974 million debt to PEMC, Albay does not benefit from its own geothermal energy.
This is an act of terrorism. The terrorist inflicts pain on the innocent to gain some leverage against it opponent. This is just what NGCP, PEMC and NEA have done – depriving those who religiously pay their bills in order to twist the arm of ALECO to succumb to PSP.
This is an act of economic sabotage – a crime whose penalty is death or life sentence. Albay holds 48% of Bicol’s economy. Every hour without electricity causes the loss of millions of pesos in unaccomplished production, distribution, consumption, exportation and importation.
This is Albay tonight. We are informing the world through what is left of our batteries. In a few moments we too will fall silent. We ask the reader of our message to support us in this struggle. We will not go down quietly. We will vent our rage even in the midst of this dark and rain soaked night!
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Engr. Virgilio S. Perdigon, Jr. – Professor, Aquinas University; Spokesperson – Save Rapu-Rapu Alliance and member of ALECO Multi Sectoral Stakeholders Organization (AMSS).
[30July2013, Legazpi City]