IS IN THE DARK
MY ARGUMENT THAT P-NOY IS WRONG ON BROWNOUTS IN MINDANAO HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES.
I argued that President P-Noy, the candidate I voted for and massively campaigned for in May 2010, was wrong in blaming the electric cooperatives for the brownouts.
My argument was founded on the knowledge I learned that our cooperative, South Cotabato Electric Cooperative, has long bought its generating unit to add to the electric needs of its consumers but the same cannot be run because the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has not approved it.
Under the EPIRA law, power generation is monopolized by one sector only.
No other can operate a generating sets without the approval of the ERC.
This is because the law reserves the right to operate power plants only to power producers, including independent power producers (IPP).
And worse, the rates to be paid by the electric cooperatives to IPPs are fixed and the cooperatives must pay even though they did not use the suppliers' power supplies.
The cooperatives, in turn, must charge the payment from the hapless consumers who, if unable to do so will have his or her connection cut off.
This is the cause why power cost is so high in the Philippines: the consumers most of the time pay even without using the power generated by IPPs.
That is UNJUST ENRICHMENT on the part of IPPs at the expense of the consumers.
Since it is against the law of unjust enrichment, the contracts with the IPPs must be not legal and not valid.
Under the law of contracts, terms and conditions that are against the law are void from the beginning.
Worst, the one who entered into the contracts with these IPPs is no less than the government. The consumers were not allowed to participate in the negotiating table.
REVOKE OR AMEND THE EPIRA LAW!
Read this press statement of the electric cooperatives: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/599847/epira-is-to-blame-for-mindanao-power-crisis-says-group