• Palace probes Tiglao report on power rates

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    Malacañang on Wednesday said it is looking into the claim of The Manila Times columnist Rigoberto Tiglao that the Philippines has the fifth highest electricity rates in the world.

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    In his column, Tiglao wrote that based on Meralco’s tariffs (using residential rates of 200 kilowatt hours per month consumption), which averaged 24 US cents per kilowatt hour in 2013, the price Filipinos pay for electricity is even more expensive than Japan and the US. Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said that he asked Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla to verify Tiglao’s claim.

    “He [Petilla] told me that he will verify those ‘the fifth highest electricity prices report’ . . . He will try to get kung saan, anong basis niyan,” Lacierda told The Times.

    According to him, the President is concerned about power rate adjustments that’s why he has tasked Petilla to look into it.

    “Ang premise ng ating Pangulo: tingnan muna natin. He has mentioned two meetings that we had, and yes we had two meetings, to see to it that we protect the public welfare,” he said.

    Lacierda added that Justice Secretary Leila de Lima is also doing an investigation of her own under her Office of Competition.

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