China por desconecta e red nacional di coriente di Filipinas, segun Congreso di Manila. Hefe di Corporacion Nacional di Transmision a confirma e posibilidad durante un sesion di senado.

China ta co-propietario di e red nacional di Filipinas for di 2009 – hibando un senado na cuestion si e ‘ambicionnan hegemonico’ di China ta representa un menasa pa siguridad di Filipinas.

E paisnan tin un teritorio den disputa den Lama Sur di China. “Nos a duna nos electricidad – maske ta parce 40% – na un corporacion stranhero cu tin interesnan cu ta den conflicto cu nos pais den Lama West di Filipina”, segun Senador Richard Gordon, kende a uza e nomber Filipino pa e partinan oriental di Lama Sur di China.

Senado a scucha cu – aunke por desconecta electricidad remotamente – Filipinas lo por restaura esaki dentro di 24-48 ora.

State Grid Corp di China tin 40% di accion den e National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) – cual ta maneha e unico linea di transmision di electricidad di e pais.

Presidente di e comite di senado pa energia, Sherwin Gatchalian, a referi na conseho di Melvin Matibag, presidente di TransCo di gobierno, cu ta doño di e planta, den su contesta. “Mirando e avance tecnologico aworaki den telecomunicacion como den software, ta posibel”, el a bisa.

Senador Gatchalian a bisa cu a pone varios salvaguardia ora cu a privatisa NGCP. El a bisa cu den cierto escenario, e presidente tin e poder pa duna orden pa tuma over, y por restaura electricidad dentro di 24 pa 48 ora. Esey ta inclui durante guera, rebelion, peliger publico, calamidad y desaster. El a bisa cu tin reglanan rond maneho di un utilidad publico cu mester keda cu ciudadanonan di Filipinas.

China could ‘turn off power’ in the Philippines

China could switch off the Philippines’ national grid, congress has heard in Manila.

The head of the National Transmission Corporation confirmed the possibility during a senate session.

China has part-owned the Philippines’ national grid since 2009 – leading one senator to question whether China’s “hegemonic ambitions” posed a security threat to the Philippines.

The countries have a territory dispute in the South China Sea.

“We have given our grid – although 40% it appears – to a foreign corporation that has interests that collide with our country in the West Philippine Sea,” said Senator Richard Gordon.

The senate heard that – although the power could be switched off remotely – the Philippines could restore it within 24 to 48 hours.

China’s State Grid Corp has a 40% stake in the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) – which runs the country’s lone power transmission line.

The chair of the senate committee on energy Sherwin Gatchalian referred to advice from Melvin Matibag, president of the state-owned TransCo, which owns the grid, in his reply.

“Given the technological advancement right now in the telecommunications as well as in software, that is possible,” he said.

Sen Gatchalian said several safeguards that were put in place when the NGCP was privatised.He said in certain scenarios, the president has the power to order a takeover and electricity could be restored in 24 to 48 hours.

That includes during war, rebellion, public peril, calamity and disaster.

In recent years many parts of the world have seen a rapid rise in foreign investment from China.

That economic ambition has included buying private companies, property, building huge infrastructure projects – like ports and bridges – and investing in the energy sector.

 

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