MORE Power-PECO expropriation case hearing set June 13

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THE ILOILO City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 37 will start hearing on June 13 the application for writ of possession filed by MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) against Panay Electric Co. Inc. (PECO). The hearing will also tackle the motion to suspend proceedings filed by PECO to stop MORE Power from acquiring its assets and all the other issues concerning the expropriation case. “In particular, the issues to be dealt with are the; whether or not the Pairing Judge has the authority to resolve the Motion to Suspend Proceedings, whether implied or expressly; whether or not the issuance of the provisional certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) to PECO negates the alleged urgency to hear the Application for Issuance of a Writ of Possession, and the Motion to Suspend Proceedings,” reads the order issued on May 30 by RTC Branch 37 Pairing Judge Victor E. Gelvezon. MORE Power has been granted a congressional franchise to distribute electricity in the city through Republic Act 11212. The franchise of PECO, which has been operating for 95 years, expired last January and its application for renewal was denied. PECO continues to operate based on a provisional authority granted by the Energy Regulatory Commission last May 25. — Emme Rose S. Santiagudo