‘It’s karma’: ERC’s P19M fine vs Meralco justifiable, says Marcos

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MANILA, Philippines — The P19 million fine placed by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) against Manila Electric Corporation (Meralco) for the so-called ‘bill shock’ it dealt its consumers was justifiable, a senator said on Friday.

The fine was for Meralco’s inability to inform consumers that they would be basing electric bills during the lockdown periods on the average consumption for the past three months. This move was adopted since the COVID-19 pandemic prevented Meralco personnel from doing on-site meter reading.

Senator Imee Marcos, who chairs the Senate committee on economic affairs, said that the fine slapped on Meralco was a result of its “karma,” as the electric comp…

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