Thursday, August 24, 2006

Sabotage, says Transco of B'non power outage

THE National Transmission Corp. (Transco) yesterday said the power outage in Bukidnon the other day was a result of sabotage.

Officials said the power transmission lines of five steel towers of Transco in Bukidnon were loosened. The towers are located within the Montalvan Farm in Barangay Botong, Quezon town, a place where the New People’s Army is known to be active.

Transco officials declined to point to any group responsible for the alleged sabotage.

As a result, over half of Bukidnon, including Malay-balay and Valencia cities, were left without electricity. In some areas, the Transco service resumed at dawn.

"In some areas, the outage lasted 20 hours," said Rufino Magbanua, a Transco spokesperson.

Based on Transco’s investigation, the culprits loosened the volts and clamps connecting the transmission lines to the towers.

The task was difficult, said Magbanua, adding the group responsible for the sabotage had enough men and were well-equipped.

It took five Tranco teams to repair the damage. Each team, called ‘‘line gangs,’’ is composed of seven people.

The Mindanao Gold Star Daily

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