Partylist to electric coops: "We pay taxes, why can’t you?"
March 12, 2019
QUEZON CITY –
Murang Kuryente Partylist (MKP) on Tuesday filed a Motion to Dismiss
and a Petition for Intervention against the recent petition of the
Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, Inc. (PHILRECA)
to pass on real property tax (RPT) to the monthly bill of consumers
In a petition filed on
October 21, 2018, PHILRECA asked the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC)
to formulate rules on how to pass on real property taxes to their
"All property owners pay
amilyar (real property taxes) on what they own. Why do we also have
to pay for what the coops own?”, asked Gerry Arances, a nominee of
the Murang Kuryente Partylist.
Joining the partylist in
its action are the groups Center for Energy, Ecology, and
Development (CEED) and Sanlakas.
Murang Kuryente filed the
Motion to Dismiss on the basis that the petition of the electric
coop group is speculative, as there is no proof presented that the
coops are being assessed real property taxes, or that they do not
have enough funds to pay for these taxes.
Arances said, “If only
these coops are as quick in providing cheap and reliable supplies of
electricity as they are in inventing ridiculous charges for their
customers, our country would have the most advanced electrical
system in the world.”
Intervention, if granted, allows a party with direct and substantial
interest the opportunity to be heard during the hearing.
Murang Kuryente, CEED, and
Sanlakas are filing the Petition to Intervene on behalf of the
millions of consumers to be affected by the coops’ petition, to
ensure that consumers’ interests are heard despite the short notice
given to them concerning the request.
Let me remind these
cooperatives that they should work for the benefit of their
member-consumers. There is no sense in raking in profits for the
cooperative if it means unduly burdening their members," Arances