President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said he will be forced to expropriate the franchise of independent power producers (IPPs) in Palawan and sell them to “big players” to end the rotational power outages in the province.
In a speech during the Subaraw Festival in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Duterte urged the IPPs to provide enough electrical energy to the province so he would not be compelled to take away their franchise and give them to “big players.”
“I’ll give you about towards the end of the year. You have to upgrade your source of energy kasi ‘pag hindi gawin ko, hanap ako ng may pera talaga (if not, I will look for someone who has the money).
“’Yung China, eh, nangangati kamay n’yan, eh. just to get a hold of development here,”Duterte said.
Palawan has been experiencing rotational power outages due to the inability of the three IPPs to stabilize the supply of power in the province.