Another petition vs. power rate hike filed at SC

January 16, 2014 11:24 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 16 — A new petition against the increase in the power rate was filed on Thursday before the Supreme Court (SC).

This is the petition for prohibition, certiorari and mandamus filed by former Iloilo Rep. Augusto Syjuco, Jr.

In his petition, Syjuco asked the SC to declare as unconstitutional the order of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) dated Dec. 9, 2013 that approved the P4.15 per kilowatt-hour power rate hike of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco).

Syjuco also asked the SC to stop the ERC and the Meralco from implementing the power rate hike, as well as order the Meralco to grant a refund if they have already collected from their customers since the date the power rate hike was approved.

He also urged the SC to order an investigation into any abuse or sabotage in the economy allegedly committed by the power companies that resulted in the big time power rate hike.

At the end of such an investigation, Syjuco asked the SC to order the filing of appropriate case and prosecute the power companies and the other respondents.

Syjuco argued that grave abuse of discretion was allegedly committed on the part of the ERC when it approved the power rate hike of Meralco without going through a full-blown hearing.

Among others, named respondents in the case are the ERC, Department of Energy (DOE), Meralco, Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC), Semi-Calaca Power Corporation, and Masinloc Power Partners Company. (PNA)

CTB/PTR/UTB

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