Win bares probe on Meralco bills

SENATOR Win Gatchalian confimed that they will conduct investigation on the confusing electricity bills issued by Meralco.

This followed complaints of alleged high electricity rates amid the government-imposed quarantine.

Gatchalian said his office has received numerous complaints from many consumers on their high electricity rates amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) enforced to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

“Many of us are left wondering how Meralco has come up with such high charges especially during this time of the pandemic when many of us are facing mounting expenses and loss of livelihood,” the chairman of the Senate committee on energy, said.

“The problem lies with Meralco’s confusing electricity bill. Meralco has failed to provide Filipinos a clearer and justified explanation on why bills have gone up so high,” he added.

The senator confirmed that they have started initial inquiries on whether or not Meralco “has taken advantage of the current pandemic situation to the detriment of the Filipino consumers.”

“We will also dig deeper into the electricity bill shock issue during the Joint Congressional Energy Commission (JCEC) hearing this coming Friday on the effects of COVID-19 in the power sector,” he added.