In a letter to MORE Power, Atty.Estrella Elamparo warned that, “Should you or any of your representatives proceedwith the removal of electric meters or disconnection of electricity without theconsent of the Cacho family, we will not hesitate to charge you with robbery,trespass to dwelling, grave coercion, and malicious mischief.” “Judge Contreras has alreadyreiterated thrice that the Addendum to the Writ of Possession must be followed.She even issued a reiterative order to return operations to us,” stressedElamparo. “The disconnection is a flagrant defiance of the court’s orders andconstitutes contempt of court.” No disconnections should be effectedwithin this period, PECO stressed. “All PECO executives, even non-familymembers, receive a limited capped monthly supply of energy instead of cash aspart of their monthly compensation,” said Cacho. “It’s part of their salary andthey have to pay for any usage that exceeds the limit.” Additionally, Saturday’s disconnectionwas in violation of ERC’s directives to give at least two days’ notice and torefrain from disconnections on the weekend, it added. “Since PECO is still the rightfuloperator of the distribution facilities, as well as the entity that to this daypurchases power for the entire city of Iloilo, it is actually MORE Power thatis stealing electricity from PECO,” said Elamparo. MORE Power’s application with theIndependent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines (IEMOP) is stillpending, and without PECO’s power supply contracts, there will be noelectricity for MORE Power to distribute, she pointed out. However, Elamparo said PECO continuesto use its own meters due to the fact that it is still the only powerdistribution company registered with the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM). “Meaning, PECO is still the onlyentity officially designated to purchase power for Iloilo City,” stressedElamparo. “They’ve decided to take advantage ofthe lockdown to harass my family and force them to violate quarantine,” headded. “Is this how they will treat consumers in a time of crisis?” PECO lawyer Estrella Elamparo. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN MORE Power sent a letter to PECO citing“unmetered” electricity usage as basis of the disconnection and that theyshould re-apply for connection with MORE Power. “Immediate warrantless arrests andinquests can be done if you are caught in the act or in flagrante delicto,” sheadded. Simply out, said Elamparo, MORE Power seeksto disconnect PECO from power that the latter has, in fact, purchased. In light of the current coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19) public health crisis, both the Energy RegulatoryCommission (ERC) and Department of Energy (DOE) issued a call for solidarity onMarch 18 urging all power distribution utilities throughout the nation toextend payment for all bills due for the period of March 15 to April 15. In response to MORE Power’s threat tocut power in the Cacho family’s private homes, PECO head of Public Engagementand Government Affairs Marcelo Cacho said, “It’s ridiculous that they expect myinjured 81-year-old grandmother to go out and put herself at risk. Healthauthorities have already sternly warned that seniors are more susceptible toinfection.” On Saturday evening, MORE Power severedthe connection between PECO’s main office and the power distribution utilitiesthat were the subject of the March 6 order of Iloilo Regional Trial Court,Branch 23’s Judge Emerald Contreras to return control of operations to PECO. MORE Power contends that it has theright to disconnect PECO’s power due to the ERC’s March 5 resolution that grantsthe company a Provisional Authority, despite the fact that PECO’s Motion forReconsideration with the ERC has yet to be resolved. The claim that the Cacho family’selectricity consumption is unmetered is also false as they have always usedPECO’s meters to read their power consumption, Cacho stressed. She was referring to Sections 2 and 3 ofRepublic Act 7832, also known as the Anti-Pilferage of Electricity and Theft ofElectric Transmission Lines/Materials Act of 1994. ILOILO City – MORE Electric and PowerCorp.’s (MORE Power) disconnection of Panay Electric Co.’s (PECO) main office andthe threat to cut power in the households of PECO owners, the Cacho family, wereboth illegal and criminal, according to the latter’s legal counsel. Moreover, the case concerning theunconstitutionality of MORE Power’s takeover of PECO’s facilities, which is thesole basis of the alleged revocation of PECO’s Certificate of PublicConvenience and Necessity, is still pending with the Supreme Court./PN
It’s thought fresh elections might not happen until December, after Mr Blatter announced his resignation yesterday.Unconfirmed reports in the US claim he’s now being investigated by the FBI.FAI Chief Executive Tipp Town’s John Delaney would like to see UEFA President Michel Platini replace Mr Blatter, and he thinks the process should be completed more quickly.
Lacazette completed a brace with an audacious finish from Lacazette completed a brace with an audacious finish from Christophe Jallets pass, scooping the ball past bewildered Serbian keeper Subasic.Home goalkeeper Anthony Lopes threw away his clean sheet before half-time when he punched a cross straight onto the head of Carvalho, but by then the game was already over as a contest.Yanga-Mbiwa had only scored five times in his whole career before this game, but he completed his first professional brace by stabbing home after another set-piece wreaked havoc in a Monaco defence that have conceded 16 goals in their last six matches.Lacazette bundled his way past Subasic and tapped in to grab his second treble of the season and round off a resounding result with 10 minutes to play. – Germain brace boosts Nice -============================= Saint-Etiennes Champions League hopes are now over after Kevin Malcuit and Franck Tabanou were both sent off at Nice.Claude Puels men left it late, but finally made the most of their two-man advantage thanks to Valere Germain goals in the 86th and 89th minutes.Nice visit Guingamp next week, while Monaco host Montpellier.Elsewhere yesterday, PSG set a new Ligue 1 points record of 92 by cruising past struggling Gazelec Ajaccio 4-0 in Corsica.Edinson Cavani scored a hat-trick before Zlatan Ibrahimovics injury-time strike, as Gazelec slipped into the relegation zone.Toulouse clambered out of the bottom three at their expense after a tense 1-0 victory over already-relegated Troyes.Argentinian Oscar Trejo was the star for Pascal Duprazs men, scoring the only goal in the second half just seconds after coming off the bench.advertisementTwo of Gazelec, Toulouse and Reims will go down next week, after the latter were beaten 1-0 at Marseille.Michy Batshuayi gave OM their first home league win since September, leaving Reims a point behind their two rivals in the fight to avoid the drop.Lille were held to a 0-0 draw by Guingamp as they missed the chance to leapfrog Saint-Etienne into fifth. AFP SSC SSC