P19M fine won’t hurt: ERC urged to dig Meralco’s ‘billions’ of ‘consumer money’

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MANILA, Philippines — The P19 million fine imposed against the Manila Electric Corporation (Meralco) supposedly for “bill shock” incidents would have no severe impact on the company, a consumer’s group said Thursday.

So, the Power for People Coalition (P4P) appealed to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to instead look into allegations that Meralco has been “holding on to” billions-worth of refunds to its customers.

ERC earlier slapped Meralco with a P19 million fine for its failure to notify consumers that their bills during the lockdown periods were based on estimated consumption for the past three months.

“While we welcome the plan to fine Meralco for its bill…

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The Philippine Daily Inquirer, popularly known as the Inquirer, is an English-language newspaper in the Philippines. Founded in 1985, it is often regarded as the Philippines' newspaper of record.

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