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POWER doubts if PEMC can follow ERC order, cites members' conflict of interest

How can the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC) seriously correct the abuses that happened in the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) when members of the PEMC board represent the very companies that benefited from the manipulation of the market?

This is the question that we in People Opposed to Unwarranted Electricity Rates (POWER) would like to raise in the wake of the ERC's ruling that orders PEMC to recalculate the incredible 70% overprice that happened in the WESM last November and December.

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Makabayan is a political coalition of twelve Philippine progressive parties: Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Gabriela, Kabataan, Courage, Migrante, ACT-Teachers, Katribu, Akap Bata, Piston, Kalikasan at Aking Bikolnon . The council also includes personages in the field of arts, governance, mass media and people’s organizations. READ MORE

What we stand for

We are a coalition with a definitive vision for change. A coalition that advances the aspirations, triumphs, and potential of the people’s parties. A coalition that promotes nationalism, democracy, and the rights and welfare of the people at all times. READ MORE

The 2013 Elections

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  • POWER asks ERC to deny Meralco's P5.33 rate hike, saya WESM prices were artificially jacked up

    The People Opposed to Unwarranted Electricity Rates (POWER) today joins other petitioners in filing a petition for intervention at the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to oppose Meralco's proposed P5.33/KwH rate hike.

    Meralco's rate hike petition is on top of the P4.15/KwH rate hike that has been temporarily suspended by the Supreme Court.

  • Meralco dictated power hike

    Bayan Muna Reps. Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate today accused the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) of dictating the power rate hike and manipulating the market price of electricity particularly during November and December 2013. Based on documents obtained from the wholesale electricity spot market (WESM), Therma Mobile entered P62.00 bids at the spot market 9 times in November and 59 times in December even if the contracted price between Meralco and Thermo Mobile is just P8.65/kWh to jack up the price of electricity.

  • Meralco is blackmailing consumers

    Says DOE should defend consumers from such threats

    Bayan Muna Reps. Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate today accused the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) and power generators of "blackmailing" electricity consumers into accepting higher power rates supposedly to prevent blackouts in the wake of the temporary restraining order issued by the Supreme Court on the proposed power rake hike.