Duterte jokes about Palawan’s power problem: ‘Pag may ilaw, gumaganda ang babae

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President Rodrigo Duterte believes he didn’t see a pretty woman the first time he was in Palawan as Chief Executive because there were power interruptions.

Duterte joked about the power crisis faced by Palawan Saturday (November 10) as he gave officials an ultimatum of up to the year’s end to solve it.

In a speech in Puerto Princesa, Duterte joked that the “scenery” in Palawan was always changing.

“Kaya pala ang changing scenery ng Palawan, ‘pag may energy, andar ng mga makina, gumaganda ‘yung babae. May ilaw eh. Nakapag-polbo, lahat, damit,” he said.

“Kaya pala nung last time pagpunta ko dito medyo madilim. Wala akong makitang maganda diyan,” he joked.

Turning serious, Duterte warned local officials that he would allow businessmen to manage the province’s power industry if the blackouts– which supposedly last for as long as eight hours– persist in 2019.

“I will allow other players to enter and I will allow them to buy you out and I will exercise the right of the state to eminent domain,” he said.