Philippine province goes dark due to unpaid electric bill
MANILA (AP) - An entire province in the Philippines has been plunged into darkness after the national power grid operator cut off supply because of accumulated debt of US$93 million (S$118 million).
The blackout that started on Tuesday surprised residents of Albay province in the central Philippines, which is home to 1.2 million people.
"It's really dark at night. Since it is also rainy here, it is like during a typhoon," said health insurance company employee Cristie Recebido.
She said on Wednesday that shops in the provincial capital Legazpi closed up early and hospitals and offices were running on generators.