MANILA, September 20, 2014—A Church leader slams National Power Corporation (Napocor)’s proposal to make the Filipino people shoulder its fiscal responsibilities, saying the company should “solve its own problem”.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo maintains that Napocor must pay off the P60-billion it owes the 8,000 workers it sacked in 2001 after the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA Law) was passed without needlessly dragging the public into the issue.
The bishop, who also chairs the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs (CBCP-ECPA), said corporations like Napocor must find solutions to their problems, and avoid adding to the burden of ordinary citizens.
“Napocor should talk things over with its employees assuring them of its obligations to them,” explained Pabillo over Church-run Radyo Veritas, lamenting how one corporation’s “mismanagement” could spell a whole nation’s misery.
The prelate minced no word in calling as “unjust” any move to will force Filipinos to pay in the corporation’s behalf, given that they already have enough of the usual expenses and taxes to worry about.
According to Pabillo, Napocor’s planned additional 22 centavos per kilowatt hour, which consumers have to pay for 11 years, is “too much”. (Raymond A. Sebastián)