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Monday, November 28, 2005

PECO SEEKS RATE HIKE?

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

PANAY Electric Company (Peco) is revalidating its power purchase agreement (PPA) with Panay Power Corporation (PPC) which could lead to a possible increase in power rates.
Now pending before the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is ERC Case No. 2005-043RC for the petition of a new PPA between the two power firms.
ERC sources said a hearing on the said petition is scheduled on December 6, 2005 here in Iloilo City.
The PPA is an agreement between independent power producers and power distributors on the rate of electricity the latter will buy from the former.
But Atty. Romeo Gerochi, Freedom from Debt Coalition chairman and the one responsible for the P2-reduction in Peco rates, said a new PPA between the two firms will give Peco a chance to jack up its power charges.
Gerochi already wrote Mayor Jerry Treñas and Peco regarding the matter.
“It is a source of wonder why Peco and the mayor are mum on this. The consumers should know about this transaction,” Gerochi said.
Gerochi said Peco and PPC assured the ERC that their rates will be equal to or less than the rates of the National Power Corporation (Napocor).
Peco buys power from PPC but the lawyer-activist said under the open market setup Peco can also buy power from other producers.
But Peco and PPC have an agreement that the latter will supply the power requirements of the former.
Peco also cannot rely on Napocor’s supply as Iloilo electric cooperatives are also experiencing power shortage for several months already.
The 100-megawatt Pinamucan diesel fired power plant, which was seen to augment to Panay’s power needs, is still un-operational.
Under the Electric Power Industry Reform Act, by end of 2005, 70 percent of Napocor's assets will be privatized, which means the abolition of government subsidies for Napocor rates.



ILOILO domestic airport: A war zone?


‘SHOOTOUT AT AIRPORT’

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

IS THE Iloilo domestic airport at Mandurriao, Iloilo City becoming a war zone between the security personnel of the Air Transportation Office (ATO) and an airport concessionaire?
On Tuesday evening, Francisco “Paco” Defensor, reportedly a security guard of concessionaire and publisher Bernie Miaque, accused ATO police Nelson Zabala of shooting him while passing by the airport cargo bay.
Defensor said he was on board a motorcycle with a friend when they heard successive gunfire near the cargo area.
Defensor added he saw Zabala pointing a pistol at them but failed to hit him.
During the airport standoff when government agents tried to evict Miaque from his concession area, Zabala was the ATO security personnel who allegedly harassed one of Miaque’s employees.
Zabala was also accused of firing his gun inside the airport area when Miaque’s security force took back his stalls.
But in an interview with Aksyon Radyo yesterday, Zabala turned the tables on Defensor.
Zabala said he was walking by the cargo area to the ATO office when he saw Defensor and another man on board a motorcycle.
Initially, Defensor and his companion only passed by Zabala but made a complete turn some 10 meters ahead and headed back towards the ATO police.
Zabala said he saw Defensor’s companion draw a caliber .38 revolver and shot him three times.
Zabala evaded the shots, drew his pistol and fired back at his attackers.
Aside from Defensor, Zabala also saw eight other people chasing him. He overheard them say “Dakpa, dakpa nyo. Kay parehoson ta kay Cañasares (Catch him so he will end up like Cañasares).”
Zabala was referring to Gerardo Cañasares is also an ATO security personnel who was found dead at Barangay Cabugao Sur, Iloilo last September.
Cañasares showed signs of torture according to medico legal reports.
To prove his claim, Zabala showed the wound on his left leg allegedly caused by a bullet from Defensor’s group.
Zabala espcaed
The Mandurriao polic said a shootout indeed occurred between the two parties. But the only recovered 4 empty shells of caliber .45 pistol in the area. (Published in The Guardian, November 26-27, 2005)

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