Mandaluyong court declares More Power franchise ‘unconstitutional’

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The Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has issued a permanent injunction against the franchise of More Electric Power Company, stopping it from taking over power distribution functions in Iloilo City.

In a recent 8-page order, Branch 209 Judge Monique Quisumbing-Ignacio declared the provisions of More Power’s franchise under Republic Act (RA) Number 11212 to be “void and unconstitutional for infringing on Peco’s rights to due process and equal protection of the law.”

The said law was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in February to allow the new electricity company controlled by Enrique Razon, Jr., to replace the longtime power distributor Peco, which had been in business for nine decades.

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in May issued a provisional certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) that allowed Peco to continue its services and prevent the disruption of the power supply, while it remained entangled in various legal disputes with More Power.

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