No conflict of interest on separate power rate hike probes –DOJ

January 31, 2014 11:50 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 31 — The Department of Justice is seeing no conflict of interest in the ongoing separate investigations by the different agencies and branches of government on the issue of big-time power rate hike.

The issue is currently being investigated separately by the Office for Competition (OFC) of the DOJ, Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), Department of Energy (DOE), the Senate and the Supreme Court (SC).

According to Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima, in the first place, the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the SC against the big-time power rate hike does not cover the ongoing investigations by different government agencies and branches.

De Lima said that what the SC stopped was the implementation of the P4.15 per kilowatt-hour power rate hike imposed by the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) in December last year.

She added that in her understanding, the OFC is now gathering documents and information from the ERC and the DOE.

Likewise, De Lima said that the OFC is also requesting for the transcript of the investigation being conducted by the Senate. (PNA)

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