MANILA, May 8 (Xinhua) -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III assured Wednesday of adequate supply of power for the coming mid term elections on Monday.
Aquino gave assurance as massive blackout hit Metro Manila and most parts of northern Philippines. The power failure, which was due to the unscheduled shut down of power plants, left private and government offices without electricity and derailed train operations.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said that Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla briefed the president on the power outage that started around 2 p.m. local time.
She said that the energy chief assured the president that there will be adequate power for election day and "every step is being taken to ensure electricity supply nationwide on election day."
Private-owned National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, the country's power transmission highway operator, said that blackout was caused by generation deficiency due to unplanned outage of five power plants supplying electricity to the Luzon Grid. A total of 3,700 MW is currently offline.
The country will hold automated mid-term elections on May 13 for over 18,000 positions from 12 senators down to municipal or city councilors.