Meralco was fined for failure to explain the wild spikes in consumers’ monthly bills during the enhanced community quarantine.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted Gatchalian as saying: “Meralco should not appeal anymore because it’s impossible that the penalty is just P19 million. They have to look at it as a whole.”
Gatchalian said Congress could exercise its oversight function and revoke Meralco’s franchise should the power firm continue to fight the ERC order.
Under ERC rules, a party adversely affected by a final order, resolution, or decision of the Commission rendered in an adjudicative proceeding may, within 15 days from receipt of which, file a motion for reconsideration.
Nevertheless, Meralco spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga said they respect Gatchalian’s statements and that the company would take steps for the good of its customers in the coming days.