MANILA, Philippines – Administration presidential candidate Gilbert Teodoro Jr. said President Arroyo has enough powers to deal with the unfolding energy crisis, which has sparked rotating blackouts in many parts of the country including Metro Manila.
Teodoro told The STAR editors and reporters that Mrs. Arroyo should act now to prevent the crisis from worsening and that she should consider allowing the immediate importation of power barges as a stopgap measure.
“I think whatever emergency powers the President has should be exercised because it’s there already,” Teodoro said.
“But we must also have a clear roadmap of what to do in the short-term, medium-term and the long-term. What’s the use of these powers and solutions if we don’t know where we’re going?” he said.