Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate has accused the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) of “protecting” the energy players who allegedly cooked up the record-setting P4.15 per kilowatt hour (kWh) electricity hike in December 2013.
This, as the Commission has yet to submit its report on the matter three years after.
“This has taken far too long and the people do not want to be taken hostage by the collusion of energy players while the regulatory body tasked to guard them is not only dilly-dallying but may also be involved in covering it up,” said Zarate, a Makabayan bloc member.
The ERC is chaired by Jose Vicente Salazar.
The massive hike came about after local power plants enforced shutdowns at around the same time that the Malampaya natural gas field was also offline due to a month-long maintenance shutdown.
This forced Meralco to buy more expensive power supply for their consumers.
“Tatlong taon na po mula ng mangyari ang Malampaya shutdown at muntikan na tayong maisahan sa pinakamataas na power rate hike in history kung hindi pa nagsampa ang mamamayan at pinigil ito ng Korte Suprema.
“Ngayon ay magkakaroon na naman ng Malampaya shutdown at humihirit na naman ang Meralco ng dagdag singil sa kuryente pero wala pa din ang pinal na report ng ERC sa sabwatang nangyari hinggil sa Malampaya shutdown,” Zarate pointed out.
Malampaya is scheduled to undergo a 20-day maintenance shutdown from January 28 until February 16, 2017.