Sunday, December 15, 2013

Advisory: Anti-competition inquiry vs Meralco; coordinated picketing of Meralco branches

Groups to ask for anti-competition inquiry
as pickets to be held in outlying Meralco braches
WHAT: Picket-protests and request for anti-competition inquiry vs. Meralco
WHEN: Tomorrow, December 16, 11:00 am
WHERE: Department of Justice (DOJ), Faura, Manila
DETAILS: Members of the Partido ng Manggagawa will have a picket-protest tomorrow at the DOJ as their leaders together with other groups and personalities formally ask for an anti-competition inquiry on Meralco’s rate hike. The request will be filed with the Office for Competition which is under the DOJ and was created by E.O. 45 series of 2011.
Also tomorrow the protests vs. Meralco’s fare hike goes to the grassroots and expands outside Metro Manila with a coordinated picketing of branches in Paranaque, Rizal and Cavite. Between 10:00 am and 11:00 am tomorrow, workers and poor will picket Meralco branches in Tambo, Paranaque; Antipolo, Rizal; and the towns of Rosario and Dasmarinas in Cavite.

“It is futile to pursue an honest scrutiny of Meralco’s huge rate hike thorugh the ERC which is totally captured by monopolists in the power industry. Instead we hope the Office from Competition can give a fair hearing to the complaint. If Pnoy is serious about investigating Meralco’s hike, then he can do something through the Office for Competition which is under his authority, unlike the ERC,” according to Wilson Fortaleza.

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