Consumer group Koalisyon Bantay Kuryente (KBK) disowned some personalities that made representation to the Energy Regulatory Commission claiming to be members of the group.
KBK president Halley Alcarde said they would inform the ERC that Jose Allen Aquino and Ruperto Supena were not legitimate members of their group.
“We will initiate correspondence with the ERC to officially put on record that we have nothing to do with Aquino and Supena’s claims,” Alcarde said in a statement.
Alcarde called on the two individuals to to stop using KBK because not only were they misrepresenting our organization, they were also misleading the public that their sentiment was the sentiment of consumers of Iloilo City.
KBK, registered Securities and Exchange Commission, is a power consumer group in Iloilo City which is a coalition of different groups, including members of the Church, transport group at teacher and parents’ association.
Aquino and Supena, allegedly representing KBK earlier announced plans to file a complaint with the ERC to ask for a refund due to the alleged excess systems loss charges of the Iloilo City distributor MORE Power and Electric Corp.
“They have used KBK and its identity without permission. We did not give them that mandate. For the record, these two are not in any way connected with the KBK and cannot speak on behalf of our thousands of members,” Alcarde said.
Alcarde said the two personalities are free to attack MORE Power “but to mislead the public into thinking they are backed by the Iloilo community and the real KBK in their smear campaign against MORE is unforgivable.”
He said KBK did not want to take sides on the issue involving former distributor Panay Electric Co. and MORE Power but the group have seen and felt the improvements under the new distributor.
“It is our common stand that Iloilo City is far better with MORE Power, especially as we see day-to-day improvements of the distribution services. Of course, there are also downsides, but we are mindful of the fact that the power anomalies and outages we are experiencing right now are a result of PECO’s severely underdeveloped distribution facilities and neglect,” Alcarde said.