Panukalang magpapalawak sa franchise area ng Davao Light and Power na-veto

Panukalang magpapalawak sa franchise area ng Davao Light and Power na-veto

July 28, 2022 @ 6:42 PM 2 weeks ago

MANILA, Philippines- Bineto ni Pangulong Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. hang panukalang naglalayon na palawigin ang franchise area ng  Davao Light and Power Company, Inc.

Kinumpirma ito ni Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles nitong Huwebes, at sinabing hindi ito nakalusot “due to, among others, its susceptibility to infringe on the franchise coverage area of the North Davao Electric Cooperative.”

Saad sa veto message ni Marcos:

“While I recognize the prerogative of the Honorable Members of Congress and the laudable intent of the bill to further improve and develop access to electricity within the captive market of the expanded franchise area, I am constrained to veto the bill due to the susceptibility of the proposed expansion of the franchise area of Davao Light and Power Company, Inc., to legal and/or to constitutional challenge due to the apparent overlap and possible infringement into the subsisting franchise, permits, and contracts previously granted to North Davao Electric Cooperative Inc.”

Ayon sa Pangulo, mayroong existing franchises ang North Davao Electric Cooperative Inc. sa expanded franchise area hanggang 2028 at 2033.

“The bill runs counter to the provisions of Section 27 of Republic Act No. 9136 or the EPIRA, mandating that all existing franchises shall be allowed to their full term,” aniya.

Nakasaad din sa veto message na “the bill, while on its face amends the franchise of another entity over the expanded area, is a prohibited collateral attack on North Davao Electric Cooperative Inc. franchise.”

“This is contrary to a jurisprudentially settled doctrine that a franchise cannot be subjected to a ‘collateral attack.”

Gayunman, iginiit ni Marcos na naninidigan siya sa total electrification ng Pilipinas “with utmost respect for the concomitant rights of the public service entities engaged in supplying electric service, as well as the consumers thereof.” RNT/SA