While I do not agree with Atty. Roque, somehow, on granting PNoy emergency powers over the Power Rate Hike Issue even if it is temporary, I am interested in his point, emphasizing that Access to Electricity is a HUMAN RIGHT. Looking forward to the recognition of such in our jurisdiction . 🙂
I was one of those who called over the weekend for Congress to declare a state of national emergency and grant the President the power to temporarily take over the running of both the power generation and distribution industries. This was in response to Meralco’s statement that the temporary restraining order issued recently by the Supreme Court against what could have been Meralco’s biggest increase in electricity cost will lead to power disruptions and brownouts.
I made this call amid testimony made by officials from the Energy Regulatory Commission in the Senate that there is now evidence of “detectable collusion” among power generators. This, they said, was because power generators are also players in the spot market where Meralco purchases its electricity: “gaming in the spot market and shutting down without justification are clear indications of collusion.”
In response thereto, the chairman of the committee, Senator Antonio Trillanes, concluded: “It’s…
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