New SC justice Carandang votes to probe Meralco’s sweetheart deal in last days at CA
The Court of Appeals (CA) has changed its decision dismissing the petition of a consumer advocate seeking a review of an Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) ruling favoring the Manila Electric Company (Meralco).

New SC justice Carandang votes to probe Meralco’s sweetheart deal in last days at CA

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The Court of Appeals (CA) has changed its decision dismissing the petition of a consumer advocate seeking a review of an Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) ruling favoring the Manila Electric Company (Meralco).

In a resolution dated November 15, the CA’s 3rd division ordered Meralco to file its comment on the petition for review sought by consumer advocate Romeo Junia.

Among those who reconsidered the denial of Junia’s motion was Rosmari Carandang, who is the newest addition to the Supreme Court.

“After a careful review of the arguments, we shall allow the instant motion (for reconsideration). We agree with Junia that the public be provided an opportunity to determine whether or not the public may attain, in the best way, the least-cost energy in the Power Supply Agreements,” the resolution read.

Junia had asked the CA to review seven of Meralco’s power supply agreements (PSAs) since they were filed with the ERC beyond the deadline and had higher prices.

The appellate court, however, denied Junia’s petition last February.

The PSAs questioned by Junia were the Atimonan One Energy, St. Raphael Power Gen. Corp, Redondo Peninsula Energy Inc., Central Luzon Power Corp., Panay Energy Development Corp. Mariveles Power Gen. Corp and Global Luzon Energy Development Corp.

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