Aquino hopes SC to finally rule on Meralco's power rate hike

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday raised concern that Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) might charge its customers with interest in case the Supreme Court declares as legal the P4.15 per kilowatt hour rate hike in its franchised areas.

Aquino made the statement during a dialogue with different labor groups in Malacanang.

"Dito sa Meralco franchised areas, at some point in time, na ide-termine (kung) tama 'yung paniningil. Hindi ko alam ang dedesisyunan ng Supreme Court, pero pag sinabing tama ang paniningil, baka naman sa delay ng pagbayad nung dapat sa kanilang ibayad e lumabs na may sisingilin pang interest charges sa cost of money nila," he said.

"Hindi rin ganun kaliwanag 'yung may kapaki-pakinabang ang TRO (temporary restraining order). Mas maganda sana sagutin na tama ba o mali itong singil," Aquino added.

The Supreme Court recently extended the TRO on Meralco's petition to implement the P4.15/kwh power rate increase to its customers.

The high tribunal first issued a TRO against Meralco's power rate hike last December. (SDR/Sunnex)

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