The son of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the country’s first female Solicitor-General are among the individuals aiming to become the Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary of presumptive president Bongbong Marcos.
A Babbler said Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo believed that he was primed for the DOE’s top post after serving as chairman of the House Energy Committee and co-chairman of the Joint Congressional Energy Commission.
Mikey did not for a second straight term in Congress in the May 9 election to give way to his mother who was itching to get back to politics after a three-year hiatus.
Babbler said the other leading contender, Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman and Abogado Agnes VST Devanadera, was ready to level up to Energy Secretary with the end of her five-year term on July 2022.
The Babbler said Marcos wanted his DOE Secretary to deliver on his campaign promise to bring down electricity rates.
“He (Marcos) wants to gift Filipinos with low electricity rates under his term and he needs a results-oriented DOE Secretary to do that,” Babbler said.
In his vlog, Marcos said his strategy was to expand the country’s energy sources to ensure a sufficient and reliable power supply with a preference for clean energy such as geothermal and hydroelectric power plants and solar and wind power farms.
Marcos has also expressed interest in reviving the $2.2 billion 621-megawatt Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) which was built shortly before his father, Ferdinand Marcos, was ousted in 1986. BNPP has never been put into operation as it was mothballed by the Cory Aquino administration.