THIS EARLY, some sectors are warning of a possible power energy crunch as old plants servicing the main supplier break down in rapid succession.

Only one new power plant is allegedly in service to augment those of the old, near unserviceable power generating plants.

The Department of Energy, the agency tasked to monitor these plants to assure continuity of power supply, should show aggressive stance to avert shutdowns and outages especially as the elections are forthcoming in May. Outages may disturb the efficacy of the conduct of the electoral exercise.

Locally, folks are apprehensive over the ability of the province's power supplier, the Pampanga Electric Cooperative I-III or Pelco to assure continuity of the flow of power into homes and establishments of the province. There were already instances that consumers suffered brownouts and outages at the initial outburst of lightnings accompanying rains. Despite its claims that it has lightning arresters, Pelco seems helpless at the occurrence of lightnings. Once they appear, it sure stages brownouts. No wonder some folks say that Pelco is takot sa mga kidlat!

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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) did just right in disqualifying 126 of the 270 party-list groups, which filed applications for the May 2022 elections.

Besides their being redundant, they do not truly represent the sector they claim to represent in Congress.

Most often, the moneyed and privileged individuals enter through the backdoor, so to speak, and become so-called representatives when in fact they are not. They only want to gain an advantage for their business interests. What a shame!

The Comelec would serve best the public interests if it continues to pare down the list of party-lists to the barest minimum and accredit only those with genuine credentials to represent the poor and the marginalized.

Imagine a businessman representing the tricycle and padyak drivers. Nakakahiya!