Republic of the Philippines ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION San Miguel Avenue, Pasig City IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION

FOR APPROVAL OF THE RECOVERY OF THE DIFFERENTIAL GENERATION CHARGE FOR THE DECEMBER 2013 SUPPLY MONTH, WITH PRAYER FOR PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY, ERC CASE NO. 20 !"0 #RC MANILA ELECTRIC COMPANY $MERALCO%, Applicant &""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""& SUPPLEMENTAL OPPOSITION TO MERALCO’S AMENDED APPLICATION FOR A RATE INCREASE WITH PRAYER FOR PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY _________________________________________ 'nte(veno(s, Cong(ess)an NERI JAVIER COLMENARES , Cong(ess)an CARLOS ISAGANI ZARATE , fo()e( Cong(ess)an TEODORO TEDDY! CASINO , RENATO REYES, *(. GIOVANNI TAPANG , ELMER LABOG, FRANCISCO MARIAZETA III, th(ough counsel, an+ unto this ,ono(able Co))ission, (espectfully ave(. ,e(ein 'nte(veno(s he(eby a+opt all the allegations, a(gu)ents an+ +iscussions in thei( ve(ifie+ opposition to Me(alco.s o(iginal Application, /hich opposition /as inco(po(ate+ in thei( Petition fo( 'nte(vention, "# $%&'( )**)#'$')+ $) M&(",-)’# A.&+/&/ A**,'-"$')+ "+/ *("0&( 1)( *()2'#')+", "3$%)('$0 .
2. 'nte(veno(s /oul+ li0e to st(ess that this ,ono(able Co))ission shoul+ not g(ant a (ate inc(ease f(o) t(ansactions b(ought about by not only th(ough the )anipulation of )a(0et p(ice in 1ESM but also in the )anipulation of the supply situation th(ough va(ious sche)es such as un+e( offe(ing o( a(tificial plant shut+o/ns. #. Notably, even Me(alco is convince+ that the(e /e(e “gross violations of the WESM Rules committed by certain generating plants” ,
1

Please see par. 10, Meralco’s Amended Application.

1

/hich fact /as also e&p(essly ac0no/le+ge+ by this ,ono(able Co))ission in its O(+e( # Ma(ch 20 ! in ERC Case No. 20 !"02 MC /he(ein it +ecla(e+, a)ong othe(s, that “the prices in WESM during the supply months of November and December 2 !" supply months could not #ualify as reasonable, rational and competitive”. !. Consi+e(ing that the suppose+ p(ice inc(eases /e(e a (esult of )anipulation of supply an+ )a(0et p(ices an+ othe( highly i((egula( if not illegal acts, not a single cent of p(ice inc(ease shoul+ the(efo(e be g(ante+ fo( the Nove)be( an+ *ece)be( 20 # supply pe(io+s. 2his ,ono(able Co))ission in fact issue+ an o(+e( +ate+ *ece)be( 20, 20 # fo( Me(alco to only cha(ge its p(evious gene(ation cha(ge (ate p(actically +isalo/ing any (ate inc(ease fo( the sai+ supply )onths. 3. 'n this (ega(+, $%& *(&2')3# 4&+&("$')+ -%"(4& AND NOT A CENTAVO MORE, #%)3,/ $%&(&1)(& 5& ."'+$"'+&/ 5&-"3#& $%& -)+#3.&(# "(& '+ +) 6"0 (&#*)+#'5,& 1)( #3-% "+ "($'1'-'", ("$& '+-(&"#&7 4. THOSE GUILTY OF MANIPULATING THE SUPPLY SITUATION AND MAR8ET PRICE SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND SHOULD BE MADE TO SHOULDER WHATEVER COST RESULTING FROM THEIR UNJUST, UNLAWFUL OR ILLEGAL ACTS 5 othe(/ise, they /ill 6ust be encou(age+ to continue /ith this habit o( p(actice of )anipulation because they 0no/ that in case they get caught, they coul+ still (ecove( the t(ue o( actual costs of elect(icity base+ on the so"calle+ 7(egulate+ p(ices8 that /ill be +ecla(e+ by the ERC any/ay.

9. 't )ust be note+ that ha+ the public, togethe( /ith the (ep(esentatives of :ayan Muna, ;ab(iela 1o)en.s Pa(ty, Ana0pa/is pa(tylist, AC2 2eache(s pa(tylist, <abataan pa(tylist an+ othe( p(og(essive g(oups, not been vigilant an+ vigo(ously oppose+ the p(opose+ (ate inc(ease by )a(ching an+ p(otesting on the st(eets an+ filing a petition /ith the Sup(e)e Cou(t, the(e is a g(eat possibility that the public is no/ paying the un(easonable an+ illegal inc(ease in the p(ices of thei( elect(icity, /hile the pa(ties guilty of )anipulation a(e laughing thei( hea(ts out because they /e(e able to get a/ay /ith thei( illegal acts /ithout being notice+. =. 2hus, it is about ti)e that this habit o( p(actice of those guilty of )anipulating the supply situation an+ )a(0et p(ice of elect(icity shoul+ be S2OPPE*. 'n this (ega(+, Me(alco.s Application shoul+ be *'SM'SSE* out(ight. >. :esi+es, sai+ application fo( a (ate inc(ease violates the +ue p(ocess (ights of 'nte(veno(s an+ custo)e(s to be info()e+ of the actual (ate inc(ease it is opposing consi+e(ing that sai+ 7A)en+e+
2

Application8 is not only applying fo( Php .!3?01h inc(ease but )o(e than the sai+ a)ount, /hich is not state+ at all in the enti(e application the(eby (en+e(ing the consu)e(s /ithout any )eans to sc(utini@e an+ oppose sai+ 7application8. >. 't )ust be note+ that in its A)en+e+ Application, Me(alco is also p(aying fo( 7any fu(the( a+6ust)ents as )aybe app(ove+ by the ,ono(able Co))ission8 an+ fo( 7a++itional a)ounts as )ay be +i(ecte+8 by the ERC to cove( 7pay)ent to the oil base+ plants of a++itional co)pensation to cove( thei( full Auel an+ Ba(iable OCM Costs8. 0. A++itionally the(e can be no +ecision on (ate inc(eases +u(ing the Nove)be("*ece)be( 20 # billing pe(io+ absent a 6ust an+ final (esolution of the investigation on the si)ultaneous shut+o/ns of po/e( plants +u(ing the Mala)paya tu(na(oun+, the un+e(offe(ing of ce(tain ene(gy playe(s an+ othe( (epo(ts of ga)e"fi&ing the )a(0et. . A++itionally, it see)s f(o) )e+ia (epo(ts an+ the inte(net that the(e a(e p(ocee+ings, othe( than he(ein case but (elate+ to an+ inte(/oven /ith the (ate inc(eases +u(ing the Mala)paya shut+o/n, such as ERC Case 20 #"0>2 an+ ERC Case 20 !"02 . 'n the inte(est of t(anspa(ency an+ the full an+ co)p(ehensive (esolution of the issues (elate+ to the above")entione+ (ate inc(eases, these cases shoul+ be consoli+ate+ /ith he(ein case.

2. Dastly, this ,ono(able Co))ission cannot (esolve the issues in this case /ithout fi(st i+entifying the THRESHOLD ISSUES such as ho/ these (ates a(e to be co)pute+ especially in light of the a(tificial supply situation +u(ing the pe(io+, the clai)s of collusion an+ fi&ing of the 1ESM p(ices, an+ 6%&$%&( $%)#& 43',$0 #%)3,/ 5& ."/& $) *"0 ",, $%& M&(",-) -)+#3.&(# 1)( $%& /"."4& $%&0 %"2& #311&(&/ "# " (&#3,$ )1 $%& "5)2& acts, to give both the applicant Me(alco an+ the 'nte(veno(s the oppo(tunity to p(esent an+ +efen+ thei( positions on the basis of these i+entifie+ th(eshol+ issues. 2he ,ono(able Co))ission )ust i+entify these th(eshol+ issues.

PRAYER WHEREFORE, p(e)ises consi+e(e+, Petitione(s (espectfully p(ay that-

3

a. Me(alco.s a)en+e+ application, inclu+ing its p(aye( fo( p(ovisional autho(ity, shoul+ be DISMISSED out(ight. b. 2his ,ono(able Co))ission IDENTIFY those /ho /e(e pa(ties to the acts /hich (esulte+ in p(ices being consi+e(e+ as un6ust, un(easonable, i((ational an+ unco)petitive an+ #%)3,/ ."9& #"'/ *"($'&# #%)3,/&( $%& -)#$ )1 $%&'( 3+:3#$ "+/ ',,&4", "-$#. c. 2his ,ono(able Co))ission CONSOLIDATE ERC Case 20 #"0>2 MC an+ ERC Case 20 !"02 MC an+ othe( cases (elate+ to (ate inc(eases in the gene(ation cha(ge +u(ing the Mala)pay shut+o/n in Nove)be("*ece)be( 20 #. Petitione(s fu(the( p(ay fo( such othe( fo()s of (elief, /hich )ay be 6ust an+ eEuitable in the p(e)ises.

EVANGELISTA AND MAGUIGAD LAW OFFICE
$ounsel for %ntervenors No. !3 <9 St(eet, 1est <a)ias, Fue@on City :y-

ATTY. JOVENCIO H. EVANGELISTA
e)ail- evangelistaGla/Hyahoo.co) ':P No.=>!> =, 0 .20. !, Manila Chapte( ''' P2R No. 24#9=3=, 0 .2!. !, Manila MCDE Co)pliance No. 'B"0009#!05 0=. 0. 2 Atto(ney.s Roll No. !29>9 An+-

ATTY. VANESSA Q. MAGUIGAD
e)ail- anetG)aguiga+Hyahoo.co)
4

':P No.=>!> >, 0 .20. !, Manila Chapte( ''' P2R No. 24#9=39, 0 .2!. !, Manila MCDE Co)pliance no. 'B"0009#! , 0=. 0. 2 Atto(ney.s Roll No. 3=2>

Copy fu(nishe+MERALCO &pplicant MERADCO Co)poun+ O(tigas Avenue, Pasig City

E;PLANATION< A COPI OA 2,'S PDEA*'N; 1AS SERBE* 2O MERADCO 2,ROJ;, RE;'S2ERE* MA'D *JE 2O 2,E *'S2ANCE OA '2S OAA'CE AN* JNABA'DA:'D'2I OA MESSEN;ER'AD PERSONNED 2O EAAEC2 PERSONAD SERB'CE.

ATTY7 JOVENCIO H7 EVANGELISTA

5

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful