Senator miriam defensor santiago, one time chairman of the senate committee on energy, hits the rush to grant President Aquino “emergency powers” to address a supposed powe shortage in Luzon in the summer of 2015.
“since this emergency power  will begin march till july why do we have to approve it now? many people havent read it… why does everything have to be rushed now ”
santiago warned that it is dangerous to make what she called, “calendar accomodations.”
Congress goes on its christmas break middle of next week. the House of Representatives passed  House Joint Resolution 21 on 3rd and Final reading last Wednesday. HJR21 seeks to empower President Aquino to address the thinning of electrcity reserves by tapping the private generating facilities of private companies to augment supply for a few weeks in 2015. the costs of the private companies will be reimbursed from the Malampaya funds.
the same resolution suspends the implementation of some environmental laws in a bid to fast track the operation of new power plants.
On Thursday,  Bayan Muna representative neri colmenares claimed that  several power plants will supposedly benefit from the suspension of environmental laws.
colmenares identified these as the 135 MW Puting Bato coal fired power plant phase 1, pampanga solar power project, 12MW SJCPower Rice husk fired biomass power plant project phase 1 12MW SJCIP power Rice husk fired biomass power plant project 12.5 MW Bataan 2020 rice hull fired cogen plant 150MW SLPGC Coal Fired power plant phase 1 unit 1 20MW IBEC biomass power plant 150MW SLPGC coal fired power lant phase 1 unit 2 and sabangan HEPP.
” based sa resolution na suspend enviromental laws marami pa lang planta pwede magviolate ito magbenefit sa emergency power”
the joint resolution suspends pertinent provisions of the the clean air act, biofuels act, the philippine grid code and the  the philippine distrobution code for the life of the resolution that expires july 31, 2015.
Committee on energy chair reynaldo umali again defended the bill, which will now be tackled by the senate. the senate has not given any indication as to when it may pass the measure into law.