Netizens are searching the internet including the Twitter search and Facebook if May 14, 2019 is a special non-working holiday in the Philippines.
Google Trends data reveal that there was a concerning spike in certain Google searches before May 14, Tuesday.
The spike in search came after the Department of Energy recommended the extension of a proposed election holiday to May 14 to ensure there would be enough power supply during the canvassing of votes.
DOE Assistant Secretary Redentor E. Delola said that if we continue to consume the same level of maximum megawatts until May 14, a 1-hour rotational brownouts might not be avoided, a report from Manila Bulletin stated.
House Committee on Energy Chairman Lord Allan Velasco said that if brownouts will happen on votes canvassing day, the results might be jeopardized and its integrity questioned. Hence, he asked DOE to come up with concrete solutions.
He said, “The integrity of the election results will raise questions if brownouts happen.”
Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Palace is open to hear the recommendations of DOE on the issue.
He assured that the military and police are ready to secure the elections, especially in COMELEC “hot spots” area.
“The Department of Interior and Local Government, along with the Department of National Defense assured that the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines are ready to secure the 2019 elections,” he said.