Stuff co.nz 3 March 2015Disabled people could be coerced to commit suicide if a voluntary euthanasia bill is passed, a disability rights group says.Not Dead Yet convenor Wendi Wicks said there could never be adequate protections for disabled people under voluntary euthanasia legislation.“There are endless ways of telling disabled people time and time again that their life has no value.”Not Dead Yet’s launch coincides with a speaking tour by world expert on medically assisted suicide, Rob Jonquiere.The Dutch doctor is half-way through his two-week tour and said he agreed to help End of Life New Zealand raise the issue by talking about medically-assisted euthanasia legislation in his country.During the tour Jonquiere will deliver 14 public lectures around the country and speak to health professionals.In the Netherlands patients can ask their doctor to assist them in ending their lives if they are experiencing “intolerable and hopeless suffering”, Jonquiere said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/66904738/disability-rights-group-concerned-over-voluntary-euthanasia
“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.