MANILA - Lights went out at the new Bohol-Panglao International Airport as President Rodrigo Duterte was giving his speech on its inauguration Tuesday night.
Duterte had just announced that he had fired two officials from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process when lights at the P8.91-billion airport suddenly went out.
Members of the Presidential Security Group scrambled to secure the President in the middle of the dark. One man was heard as suggesting to Duterte to go to the holding room while the power issue was being fixed.
“Dito lang ako (I’ll just stay here),” Duterte said.
The President then inquired about the airport’s backup power system.
The brownout lasted for just about two minutes.
After the power went back, Duterte resumed his speech and acknowledged the presence of the members of his Cabinet.
Touted as a "green gateway," Bohol's new airport boasts of an eco-friendly design, including the use of solar panels enough to supply 30 percent of the terminal's power needs.