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The case versus ERC and Meralco (part 1)

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Part 1 on the Case versus Energy Regulatory Commission and Meralco

Teddy Casiño

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(First of three parts)

The case of Bayan Muna vs. Energy Regulatory Commission and Meralco, for which the Supreme Court has issued a temporary restraining order preventing Meralco from imposing the highest power rate hike in Philippine history, alleges three things:

1. That the ERC abused its power by approving a P4.14/KwH rate hike which Meralco requested via a mere letter and which ERC approved within one working day last Dec. 9, allegeldly to preempt a congressional investigation scheduled on Dec. 10;

2. That the ERC failed in its mandate as provided for in the law to "protect the public from anti-competitive practices and abuse of market behavior of industry players" considering the monopolistic structure of the industry and the dubious circumstances surrounding this particular increase – eight plants making unscheduled shutdowns at the exact time when the Malampaya gas facility and several other power plants were undergoing scheduled maintennance;

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Author: pchan_august

Juris Doctor (Law) Student. Iskolar ng Bayan. Activist. Environmentalist. Frustrated Singer, Poet and Writer. Computer Enthusiast. Servant of the Masses. God's Servant.

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