PLDT: ‘IT’S A LIE!’

first_img“Thefindings of the technical team will be presented to the Commission and releasedto the public accordingly,” said Devanadera. “The ERChas no participation, in any manner, in the said (Nov. 14) press conference,”stressed Devanadera. UGLY AND HAZARDOUS. If this is not a fire hazard, what is? Though these electricity, telephone and cable television cables look more like ugly spider’s cobwebs, residents of this neighborhood in Barangay Baldoza, La Paz, Iloilo City call them “spaghetti wires”. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Lescano was oneof the founders of the Iloilo City public utilities group where PECO is also amember.   According to thePLDT executive, “It is clear among engineers and utility companies that thesaid fires originated from PECO’s electrical wires, but since our lines andcables are closely attached to their secondary lines, they get burned in theprocess.” ERC has completed its field inspection and data gathering on theseries of pole fire incidents in this city. As defense to thecomplaint of Mayor Jerry Treñas to the ERC about the pole fires, PECOclaimed that between 2017 to 2019 the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) recorded709 post fires and that only 138 of these involved its own poles while 571involved those of telcos. PLDT’s messengerwires are without voltage, made of steel and serve as tension to their copperand fiber cables and connected to the ground for lightning protection, Lescanostressed. The other day,ERC slammed PECO for making it appear that theagency was part of a recent press conference that the franchise-less powerdistributor held in Metro Manila. But Lescano saidonly PLDT’s copper cable has voltage but very minimal – 24 volts if idle andpeaks at 49 volts only if in use.   PECO has notrained technical people to solve the problem, BFP reported to the ERC. “It’s just like avolt of a battery which can never cause fire of the magnitude responded to bythe BFP when they were called to address pole fires incidents,” saidLescano.  Lescano agreedwith Iloilo City fire marshal Chief Inspector Christopher Regencia’sexplanation that only electricity wires, either damaged or overloaded, couldactually cause fires. More than half or1,464 cases out of 2,887 incidents of fire in Iloilo City since January 2014were caused by pole fires, according to BFP- Iloilo City. “Maybe Cacho, whois not an engineer, has no knowledge at all. Or is he just using us asscapegoat?” asked Lescano.  In recent mediainterviews, Marcelo Cacho, head of PECO’s Public Engagement and GovernmentAffairs, said PLDT’s messenger wires also have high voltage.  “It’s alie. It is not correct to say that the more than 500 posts are ours. Wehave very few wooden poles compared to theirs,” said Lescano who previouslyserved as PLDT Iloilo manager.  ERC remains independent in thedischarge of its functions, including the conduct of investigations, stressedChairperson Agnes Devanadera. Criticizing the press conference,Devanadera stressed, “Prematurereporting of the outcome of our investigation is but a product of speculationthat serves no purpose, except to confuse the public.”/PN ILOILO City –Aside from courting the ire of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), PanayElectric Co. (PECO) has also angered telecommunications giant Philippine LongDistance Telephone Co. (PLDT) for attributing incidents of pole fires in thiscity to telephone companies. “I really feelbad about this. PECO is making these claims but it has never told us about thisupfront everytime we meet with other utility companies,” said Lescano. PLDT vicepresident for Visayas Rene Lescano clarified they only have 2,000 poles inIloilo City and of these, only 800 are wooden compared to PECO’s 30,000 poles. He also insistedthat it was not the poles that started the fires but the electrical wires ofPECO. last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 59-45 win over Pittsburgh

first_imgAfter going into double overtime with then-No. 23 Florida State in its last matchup, Syracuse (13-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) struggled to get much going early against Pittsburgh (8-11, 0-6). The teams combined to shoot just 38 percent in the first half as the Orange went into the break with a five-point advantage. Syracuse eventually managed to pull away late for a 59-45 win to snap its four-game losing streak.  Here are three reactions from the game.Feel it stillTyus Battle played a season-high 50 minutes in the Orange’s loss to the Seminoles. The game actually pushed his minutes per game average in ACC play to 41.2 — more than the standard 40-minute game.TV broadcasts claimed that Battle was under the weather heading into the game. Either way, Battle was noticeably a bit weaker to start Tuesday‘s game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn one play he made a move to drive baseline, but his floater weakly fell off the side of the backboard, not even reaching the rim. Later, he had a wide-open look from deep. His 3-point attempt was on line but not strong enough, barely grazing the front of the rim and falling straight down. He missed his first six shots of the game and entered the break with just four points.Halftime seemed to get Battle a little bit back on track. He was five-of-eight from the field and scored seven points in the frame. His 3-pointer out of the under-eight media timeout seemed to inject life in the Orange, which went on to open up a 10-point edge.How longFreshman Panthers guard Parker Stewart came into the game averaging just 7.4 points per game, the fifth-highest mark on the team. He’d hit 30 3-pointers in 18 games, shooting at a 36 percent clip.Stewart hit two 3-pointers within the first five minutes of the game. By the end of the night, Stewart accounted for more than half of Pitt’s offense by himself, as he knocked down seven 3-pointers and had 23 points, both career highs.Although Syracuse has been solid on defense for most of the season, this was the third time that one player has made at seven 3-pointers in a game against the Orange.New rulesThrough the first four games of ACC play, freshman point guard Howard Washington was averaging two minutes per game. It seemed like his only way on the floor was to provide a very quick breather to Howard or Battle, or if either one was in foul trouble.But against FSU he played a career-high 24 minutes and Syracuse deployed its three-guard lineup for a good chunk of the first half.On Tuesday, Washington again checked into the game early in the first half, replacing Tyus Battle who sat for a few minutes. When Battle came back, Washington stayed on, with SU again giving its three-guard lineup a look.The Orange scored five quick points when Washington was in, and the Buffalo native added two steals. But the offense stalled with the three-guard lineup in, scoring no points. On one play, it appeared that both Howard and SU head coach Jim Boeheim were frustrated with Oshae Brissett not getting into the high post properly.Washington was subbed out with 7:22 left in the first half and didn’t play the rest of the game. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 16, 2018 at 11:09 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langerlast_img read more