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By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA – This month, Filipino consumers are being asked yet again to cope with increased electricity rates, spurring protests and renewed calls to scrap the Electric Power Industry Reform Act or EPIRA. The law is being blamed for having allowed electricity rates to increase so much. The Manila Electric Company (Meralco),…

Press Release February 24, 2011 As prominent personalities take spotlights in today’s commemoration of EDSA I, Anakpawis Partylist gave the full tribute to the masses and unsung heroes who are yet to reap the fruits of their struggle 25 years ago. “We owe the democracy we enjoy now to no one but our collective participation.…

Forming his team to set the direction of change or political payback? So far, except for Justice Sec. Leila de Lima, the Cabinet of Pres. Benigno Aquino III is a mixture of key figures in his campaign, representatives of big business, and old hands of the former Arroyo administration.

Bulatlat.com Labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU or May First Movement) yesterday asked the power distributor Meralco to stop imposing additional power rates and instead refund around P7 billion (or more than US$157m) overcharges that it had collected from over 4 million Meralco customers in 2004 and 2007. Since last month, Meralco had been imposing…

Consumers face continuing injustice as they shoulder additional power costs (on top of possible rotating brownouts) while Meralco delays accounting for its over-collections that could reach more than P7 billion. Thus, it is very reasonable for consumers to demand that whatever planned rate increases by Meralco must be disallowed by the ERC.

There’s good news for its close to five million customers to start the New Year, said utility giant Manila Electric Power Co. (Meralco). It claimed that its January billing will go down by 30.5 centavos per kilowatt-hour (kWh) due to lower generation and transmission charges. But Meralco did not say that the said reduction is just one side of the story.