P-Noy rejects DOE Sec. Jericho Petilla’s resignation over breaking promise to restore power in all Yolanda-hit towns on Christmas Eve

Our advice: When in doubt, just shut up.

Delon Porcalla and Aurea Calica of The Philippine Star report that President Benigno Aquino III has rejected Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla's offer to quit his post after he failed to restore electricity in all 320 towns hit by typhoon Yolanda on Christmas Eve.

 

The report quoted Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda as saying that Petilla, a former Leyte governor, "should be lauded for being able to achieve in 'roughly 40 days' what he had originally targeted to accomplish in six months." According to Lacierda, Aquino considers the Energy secretary as "an honorable public servant" who has done an "excellent performance"  in the aftermath of the typhoon.


Last month, Petilla vowed to resign if he failed to restore power in all the typhoon-hit towns by December 24. As of December 25, there are still three affected municipalities in the Visayas where power lines have not yet been restored.

 

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