Meralco belies chain text message on 'power cut' after Taal eruption

Anjo Bagaoisan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 14 2020 11:02 AM

A motorist takes a selfie with Taal volcano in Tagaytay city, a day after its explosion, Jan. 13, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA — Meralco denied Tuesday that it would cut power in parts of Metro Manila and nearby areas that were spared by Taal Volcano's eruption over the weekend. 

A chain text message claims that a power outage will hit Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, Pasay City and the whole Calabarzon region while Meralco supposedly cleans power transformers that Taal's cloud ash coated on Sunday. 

"Meralco never cuts off power," Meralco Spokespeson Joe Zaldarriaga told ABS-CBN News. 

Ash from the volcano, he said, spawned an "emergency line trouble" that cut power in the following areas, as of 10 p.m. Monday. 

LAGUNA 
Portions of Sta. Rosa, Cabuyao, Calamba, San Pedro, Binan

BATANGAS 
Portions of Talisay

CAVITE 
Portions of Silang, Amadeo, Alfonso, Mendez-Nunez, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, Dasmarinas, Indang, Maragondon, Naic, Trece Martirez
 

Meralco is "continuously monitoring the situation" and "will not shut off power in any unaffected area", it added in a Facebook post. 

 

Taal, which sits in the center of a picturesque lake south of the capital, is under the second highest danger level, which means a "hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days," said state seismology institute Phivolcs.