Palace reaffirms stand against unjustified power rate hikes

January 20, 2014 10:23 am 

MANILA, Jan. 19 — Malacañang on Sunday reaffirmed the Aquino administration's stand against unjustified power rate hikes, amid reported plans of militant groups to stage a blackout protest this Tuesday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. also said President Benigno S. Aquino III and the government continue to keep tabs on the issue.

"Patuloy ang pagsusubaybay ng Pangulo at ng pamahalaan sa isyung ito at patuloy ang determinasyon huwag pairalin ang hindi makatuwirang singil sa kuryente (The President and the government will continue to monitor developments on this issue. They remain determined not to allow an unjustified rate adjustment)," Coloma said on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Some groups earlier announced plans to hold a blackout protest on Jan. 21, the day the Supreme Court is to hold oral arguments on the rate adjustments.

Meanwhile, Coloma said the government will respect the views of some groups reportedly planning protest actions against the administration.

But he said the government is willing to listen to such groups if they have concrete suggestions related to the grievances they will raise. (PNA)

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