Senator Manny Pacquiao lashed out at Energy Sec. Al Cusi for his politicking activities lately, instead of attending to his duties in preventing the “rotating brownouts” plaguing tens of millions of electricity consumers in the populous island of Luzon.
In a privilege speech last week, the Filipino boxing legend slammed Cusi – widely known as a protégé of former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo – for prioritizing the conduct of the PDP-Laban’s national council meeting in Cebu City recently over the nation’s pressing problems regarding power outtages.
Shrugging off Pacquiao’s objections (in his capacity as PDP-Laban’s interim national president), Cusi pushed through with the meeting which produced a resolution urging President Duterte to run for vice president in 2022 and giving his authority to choose his running-mate and successor.
“I’ve repeatedly called for us to stop politicking because we have so many problems that need to be solved. But it is sad…that there are officials who are playing deaf and blind and prioritizing politicking,” he said.
Pacquiao said that Sec. Cusi, who is the PDP-Laban vice chairman, is obviously more concerned with other “power issues” which is why he is distracted from his more important responsibilities to the Filipino people.
“Sa totoo lang, napupuno na talaga ako. Ilang taong lumipas ‘yung pinag-uusapan na solusyon hindi pa rin nagagawa.”
Pacquiao said Cusi is becoming a source of embarrassment for the government as the power woes being experienced by Filipinos are the same ones that have been existing in 2016, some five years ago, when he was appointed Energy secretary.
Pacquiao was joined by Senator Sherwin Gatchalian in calling for the sacking of Cusi for his alleged incompetence which has caused untold losses to the business sector resulting from the power shortages.
Sen. Koko Pimentel, who was angling for a Senate probe into the PH’s bleak power outlook, pointed out it will be difficult believing in Sec. Cusi nowadays because he has been making the same rosy predictions ever since he assumed the helm of the Energy Department.
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