Monday, December 16, 2013

Advisory: Filing of anti-competition inquiry; coordinated picketing of Meralco branches

Media Advisory
December 16, 2013

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 and generation companies
WHEN: Today, December 16, 11:00 am
WHERE: Department of Justice (DOJ), Faura, Manila
DETAILS: Members of the Partido ng Manggagawa will have a picket-protest today 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 today, the protests vs. Meralco’s fare hike goes to the grassroots and expands outside Metro Manila with a coordinated picketing of Meralco branches:
10:00 am, Tambo, Paranaque and Antipolo, Rizal
3:00 pm, towns of Rosario and Dasmarinas in Cavite

“It is futile to pursue an honest scrutiny of Meralco’s huge rate hike through 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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