Nograles hails SC on eminent domain ruling for utilities
A senior member of the House Committee on Legislative Franchises on Monday lauded the Supreme Court’s issuance of a temporary restraining order stopping a lower court from striking down as unconstitutional a legislative franchise the House of Representatives has issued.
“If they are questioning the provision where Congress extended the power of eminent domain to a franchise holder, I don’t think that cannot hold water. We in Congress have the right to grant such authority because this is well within our constitutional responsibility,” said Nograles.
Also on the controversy surrounding the Iloilo power distribution operations, Iloilo City Rep. Julienne Baronda called on Malacanang to push for the imposition of maximum penalty on the Panay Electric Co. (PECO) if found guilty for the numerous electric pole fires blamed on the power distribution firm.
However, the SC en banc issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) enjoining the Mandaluyong court and PeCO from enforcing the decision that declared unconstitutional the power of expropriation granted under RA 11212.
Tambunting pointed out that the power of eminent domain, which includes the authority to take over private or government property so that public services can be rendered, is granted to all distribution utilities under Republic Act No. 9136 or the Electricity Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA), a law whose constitutionality had been upheld in many cases by the Supreme Court already.Read more: Manila Bulletin News
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