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Legarda gets irked after being asked about son’s solar energy franchise

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By Xave Gregorio

No questions, please.

Senator Loren Legarda is keeping mum on her son’s solar energy franchise, which has met a stumbling block in the House plenary after supposedly being railroaded in the committee level.

Legarda was annoyed after Politiko asked her to comment about the latest development on the legislative franchise of Solar Para sa Bayan Corp.(SPBC), owned by son Leandro Leviste.

“You know it better, every hour you have an update, right?” Legarda said in a chance interview Friday (September 14).

“I think I’m here to answer the questions regarding the Senate, right? Thank you,” she continued.

Politiko has only published around 10 articles about Leviste’s SPBC and its legislative franchise pending in the lower chamber.

Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza has questioned the passage of SPBC’s legislative franchise under House Bill No. 8179 after only two committee hearings.

Some lawmakers in the House have warned that granting legislative franchise to SPBC would result in a monopoly in the power industry and would kill of small power industry players.

Politiko has reported that Legarda’s emissaries have made rounds with House solons to ensure the easy passage of SPBC’s legislative franchise, but this has apparently fell flat after the House leadership decided to defer action on HB No. 8179.

HB No. 8179 seeks a legislative franchise for SPBC for it to install mini-grids nationwide.