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'Blackout Tuesday' celebrity posts draw support, skepticism in music industry

Jun 03, 2020 - 3:53 PM

Photos of black squares on Instagram – some critics say the #BlackLivesMatter message is at risk of being diluted by brands and individuals who only see an opportunity to promote themselves

Tens of millions hit by Indonesia power blackout

Aug 04, 2019 - 8:24 PM

The shutdown plunged buildings in the sprawling capital Jakarta – home to some 30 million people – into darkness and forced the temporary closure of its new mass rapid transit system

Internet blackout imposed on Myanmar's restive Rakhine state

Jun 23, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Internet services are being used to coordinate illegal activities, said Myanmar's Ministry of Transport and Communications

NO DATA. Mobile internet across Rakhine state has been turned off. AFP file photo

Venezuela declares holiday as new blackout grips country

Mar 26, 2019 - 10:58 PM

(UPDATED) The government declares Tuesday, March 26, a work-free and school-free day to take a load off the grid

BLACKOUT. People evacuate the Venezuelan National Assembly building during a partial power outage in Caracas on March 25, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

New blackout hits swaths of Venezuela including Caracas

Mar 26, 2019 - 1:46 PM

Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez blames the latest blackout on 'an attack on the charging and transmission center' at the Guri dam, which supplies 80% of the power to Venezuela

BLACKOUT. People evacuate the Venezuelan National Assembly building during a partial power outage in Caracas on March 25, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

China offers to help Venezuela restore power after vast blackout

Mar 13, 2019 - 8:40 PM

(UPDATED) 'China is willing to offer assistance and technical support to Venezuela to restore the power system,' says foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang

BLACKOUT. View of Caracas during a partial power outage on March 9, 2019. File photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

Singapore passes terror attack blackout law

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The law allows police to stop anyone within the vicinity of what they deem to be a 'serious incident,' including a terror attack, from taking photos and video or communicating about police operations through text and audio messages

SINGAPORE PARLIAMENT. The parliament building in Singapore. Image from Shutterstock

Bohol braces for 15-hour blackout on December 2

Dec 01, 2017 - 9:04 PM

The Saturday blackout, one of the handfuls the tourist destination province has experienced this year, is due to a scheduled maintenance work by NGCP

Gatchalian hits 'shallow' NEA probe into Palawan blackouts

Aug 15, 2017 - 3:07 PM

In response the National Electrification Administration says it will issue a show cause order to all electric cooperatives including Paleco on why they should not be sanctioned

Senate panel orders NEA to probe extended blackouts in Palawan

Aug 09, 2017 - 1:50 PM

UPDATED Senator Sherwin Gatchalian gives the National Electrification Administration until Friday August 11 to finish its probe and submit findings to the energy committee

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperative (its facilities in Puerto Princesa shown here) faces criticism from consumers for the daily rotational blackouts that have been going on for years. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Palawan suffers daily rotational blackouts

May 06, 2017 - 11:20 PM

UPDATED The Palawan Electric Cooperative says independent power producers are unable to stabilize the energy supply but two of these IPPs have no penalty clause in their contracts

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperation (its facilities in Puerto Princesa shown here) faces criticism from consumers for the daily rotational blackouts that have been going on for years. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Internet blackout strangles Cameroon start-ups

Apr 06, 2017 - 11:37 PM

Cameroon s 4 internet providers which include France s Orange and South African owned MTN tell clients internet services were no longer available due to reasons outside of our control

#NinaPH: Areas with power outages

Dec 26, 2016 - 11:26 AM

UPDATED Areas in Calabarzon Mimaropa and Bicol experienced blackouts during the onslaught of Typhoon Nina Nock ten

Satellite image as of December 26, 5 am. Satellite image courtesy of NOAA

Even darker days for Nigeria, as power supply gets worse

Oct 02, 2016 - 12:15 PM

Even at the best of times Nigeria which is home to more than 170 million people ranks among the lowest countries in the world for energy consumption at just 155 kilowatt hours per person

A vendor (L) sells meat at the Oshodi night market in Lagos, late on June 6, 2015, lighting his stall with a with a fuel lamp in absence of electricity. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Cusi should be digging for roots of power inadequacy problem

Aug 23, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Consumers have been in dire need of more competency and less corruption from the Department of Energy

May 2016 polls blamed for Luzon power blackouts

Aug 16, 2016 - 3:18 PM

Despite the recent blackouts in Luzon Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi assures the public there is no looming power crisis

2016 ELECTIONS. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi says the May 2016 polls is the main reason for the simultaneous shutdown of power plants causing blackouts in Luzon. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Private engineers to help with DOE audit for free

Aug 10, 2016 - 8:30 PM

We have to find a lasting solution to this recurring problem [of blackouts] says Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi as his department signs an agreement with electrical engineers

DOE tapping private engineers for audit of Luzon power plants

Aug 07, 2016 - 7:55 PM

The Department of Energy also reminds the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to prepare for forced outages

DOE probing power utilities' violations amid blackouts

Aug 05, 2016 - 4:20 PM

UPDATED As more power outages hit Luzon the Department of Energy orders an investigation into power utilities and an inspection of power plants

Meralco: Power distribution network '96% ready' for elections

Apr 27, 2016 - 5:15 PM

The utility firm also says it has contingency measures in case of blackouts on May 9

DOE: No need for emergency powers on election day

Apr 25, 2016 - 7:23 PM

Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada insists that the supply situation is under control

Roxas: Sanction those responsible for NAIA 3 blackout

Apr 05, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The former transportation chief says it s only right that Malacañang sanction officials liable for the 5 hour power outage at NAIA 3

SHOULD HEADS ROLL? LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas says responsible officials should be sanctions for the NAIA blackout. File photo by Lito Boras/

Cancelled flights due to NAIA Terminal 3 power outage

Apr 03, 2016 - 1:21 AM

UPDATED Cebu Pacific says its flights and ground operations are back to normal as of 7:30 pm Sunday

NAIA Terminal 3 photo from Wikimedia Commons

Sri Lanka says 'serious threat' to electricity network

Mar 17, 2016 - 7:35 PM

The country s soldiers are now providing round the clock protection to all power installations

epa05209506 A woman draws water from a well at candle light during an electricity blackou in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 13 March 2016. Sri Lanka has experienced three island wide major blackouts which were also accompanied by cuts in the water system in the past six month forcing the Ceylon Electricity Board chairman to resign from his post. EPA/M.A.PUSHPA KUMARA

Sri Lanka suffers worst blackout in 20 years

Mar 14, 2016 - 12:51 AM

UPDATED Ceylon Electricity Board s chief Anura Wijepala offers to resign over this latest power outage

epa05209504 A young man continbues his studies at candle light during an electricity blackou in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 13 March 2016. Sri Lanka has experienced three island wide major blackouts which were also accompanied by cuts in the water system in the past six month forcing the Ceylon Electricity Board chairman to resign from his post. EPA/M.A.PUSHPA KUMARA

Blackout in 5 Zambales towns on Feb 25

Feb 24, 2016 - 2:46 PM

The power outage from 6 am to 6 pm will affect areas serviced by the Zambales Electric Cooperative I

Comelec fears blackouts in parts of Mindanao

Jan 19, 2016 - 5:18 PM

Battery powered poll machines can run for 15 hours but the Comelec is worried over the environment of the elections

TOWERS BOMBED. This photo from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) shows a tower in Mindanao bombed on December 28, 2015. Photo courtesy of NGCP

Dipolog journalists oppose news blackout on kidnapped Italian

Oct 13, 2015 - 9:00 PM

The family wants less media attention on the kidnapping and hopes that the issue will die down

Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

3-4 hours rotational blackouts in Davao City until August 2

Jul 31, 2015 - 2:25 PM

While the Davao Light and Power Company posts a schedule until Sunday August 2 it cannot project until when the periodic power outages will persist

Davao Light extends rotational blackouts to 2 hours

Jul 21, 2015 - 9:51 PM

An official of the Davao Light and Power Company says the firm is not sure until when the power shortage will last

Several power plants on maintenance shutdown in June-July

May 26, 2015 - 5:12 PM

The Manila Electric Company says that with enough reserves power outages are unlikely to happen during the shutdown

Mindanao blackout not cause of damage to Aboitiz plant

May 17, 2015 - 10:19 PM

The blackout should not be used as an excuse for a 10 month delay in commissioning a new Davao power plant Petilla says

Samar to experience more power outages

May 04, 2015 - 5:08 PM

This is due to the ongoing restoration and rehabilitation projects of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines

No blackouts on Pacquiao fight day, power firms promise

May 01, 2015 - 2:44 PM

“We don’t want to be part of history by contributing to power interruptions while boxing aficionados watch the fight of the century says Leyeco II in Tacloban City

VENUE. The MGM Grand arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, from where the Pacquiao-Mayweather bout will be broadcast live to select venues in the Philippines on May 3, Manila time. Rappler photo

Portions of Mindanao grid normalized after Easter blackout

Apr 26, 2015 - 10:19 PM

NGCP says its isolating procedures began restoring power to portions of the grid half an hour after the blackout

Portions of Mindano Grid totally normalized following island wide blackout on Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday Mindanao blackout due to corroding insulator

Apr 17, 2015 - 6:50 PM

The National Transmission Corporation says in its initial report submitted to DOE that a ‘corroded suspension insulation shank’ caused the transmission line to fall and hit other line conductors and tower parts

Gov’t rules out sabotage in Easter Sunday Mindanao blackout

Apr 06, 2015 - 6:53 PM

The Department of Energy forms a team to investigate what happened

Massive power blackout hits Mindanao

Apr 05, 2015 - 6:43 AM

UPDATED The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines is still trying to pinpoint the cause of the power outage

Rotating power outages hit Metro Cebu

Feb 20, 2015 - 6:34 PM

The power outages within Veco s franchise area mostly in the urban centers of Cebu province are expected to last for one to two hours

Turkey imposes media blackout over graft claims against ministers

Nov 27, 2014 - 12:01 AM

The ban was necessary because some media reports violated the confidentiality of the investigation and the principle of presumption of innocence the Supreme Board of Radio and Television says in a statement on its website

Bangladesh inquiry under way into nationwide blackout

Nov 02, 2014 - 3:36 PM

A probe committee was set to investigate the nationwide blackout which plunged homes and establishments into darkness

Nationwide blackout hits Bangladesh

Nov 01, 2014 - 5:21 PM

UPDATED Local media say the problem stems from a technical issue at an electrical substation that was distributing power from India but government officials would not confirm the reports

50,000 Meralco customers still in the dark

Sep 20, 2014 - 5:10 PM

A total of 54 215 Meralco customers in Metro Manila Rizal and Bulacan still have no power supply as of Saturday noon September 20

Blackouts in metro as Luzon grid goes on 'red alert'

Sep 08, 2014 - 5:03 PM

Some plants supplying power to Luzon shut down says the grid operator

Parts of Central Luzon to lose power Thursday, Saturday

Aug 21, 2014 - 5:43 PM

To our Central Luzon readers get your brownout gear ready

Olongapo to experience 10-hour power interruption on Saturday

Aug 13, 2014 - 1:59 PM

The outage is expected to run from 7 AM to 5 PM

Power emergency: What it means

Jul 29, 2014 - 4:04 PM

By summer of 2015 there will be a power crisis – 20 days of rotating blackouts won t be remote Emergency powers for the President is deemed to be the ‘fastest’ solution for now

Editorial Cartoon: Pasakit na blackout

Jul 21, 2014 - 7:30 AM

Pumangalawa man ang Filipinas sa mga bansa sa Asya sa bilis ng pag angat ng ekonomya noong 2013 tila naman hindi nito alam ang gagawin sa sektor ng enerhiya

#GlendaPH: Bridging the gap in a PGH blackout

Jul 20, 2014 - 9:59 PM

We have limited resources but we make up for it with human resources

Davao Del Norte, Compostela Valley face massive blackouts on P500-M unpaid dues

Jun 05, 2014 - 3:31 PM

PSALM already issued a final demand to the electric cooperative serving these provinces for failing to settle its financial obligations