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April 23, 2015

Pray for Peace, Summit, and Lower Power Rates

The country should pray for peace and the success of President Aquino’s latest initiative, the National Peace Summit, Church leaders say.
Peace be with us or we’ll be back to counter-productive war, confusion, and pain.
On the other hand, a party-list group appeals for the lowering of power rates in the country in the wake of lower fuel prices.
Lower power rates – and more power to consumers!
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says that the National Peace Summit created by the President will dissect calmly the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and related issues with an expanded composition.
BBL to be dissected like a frog so we could leap forward.
The Cardinal says that he submitted five more names from the religious sector to compose the NPS.
The more, the merrier. More wisdom to share.
Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo of Cotabato also asks the Catholic faithful to pray for the success of the Peace Summit that President Benigno S. Aquino III has called to be convened to conduct a public discussion on the BBL and submit its findings to Congress.
Peace Summit is a laudable move to defuse a crisis.
He points out that the group of five prominent personalities invited by the President to convene the Peace Summit need public support in carrying out their mission to make Filipinos understand the BBL and the Mindanao peace process.
Such effort needs our prayers and support and may the Lord bless their work for peace,” Quevedo says.
To convene the Peace Summit soon are Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, former Chief Justice Hilario Davide, former Ambassador Howard Dee, businessman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, and Muslim youth leader Bai Rohaniza Sumndad Usman.
Yes, let “people of integrity and credibility” lead the way.
“We would like to emphasize that we are not a pressure group or a political movement; but rather, we are a group that would like to provide an avenue for dialogue between independent-minded citizens who believe in the importance of understanding the BBL and to discuss its implications for peace and development in our country at a fair and reasonable manner,” the group says in a statement.
“Let our fellow citizens understand the importance of the peace issues at hand,” the group adds.
Meanwhile, party-list Rep. Arnel Ty says that electricity rates in the country should go down amid the general decline in the cost of primary energy sources.
Yes to lower power rates.
Ty of party-list group Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers Association (LPGMA) adds that “it is not just the cost of oil that is down, coal prices are also deflated.”
Downward rate adjustment is clearly justified, he says.
He says that geothermal power producers are already slashing their rates so that they can compete more aggressively with coal-based suppliers of electricity and that the Lopez-owned Energy Development Co. (EDC) has reduced the average tariff of its Palinpinon-Tongonan geothermal plants by around 7.5 percent.
Trend favorable. More industry leaders should show a good example.
“Power producers and distributors should allow consumers to benefit from cheaper electricity owing to the drop in energy prices, Ty says.
Yes to lower electricity rates to be enjoyed by us all.
In the political front, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III calls for the appointment of information technology (IT)-savvy commissioners at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in preparation for the 2016 polls.
Yes to commissioners who know how to count the modern IT way.
“He should not be a political personality. If once upon a time a politician, the appointee must have shown independence in the past and has retired from politics completely,” Pimentel says.
Yes to safeguards in our electoral process.
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