Power coop cuts Bacolod City hall's electric supply

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 08 2009 03:15 PM | Updated as of Jan 08 2009 11:15 PM

All lights are up in Bacolod City, except for its city hall because of a P4.9-million unpaid electric bill.

Vicente Sabornay, president of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco), said they disconnected the city hall's electric supply Thursday morning.

Sabornay said the electric cooperative sent a letter to Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia last December 19 asking for the payment of the city hall's alleged unpaid bill from July to November 2008.

Another letter was sent by the electric cooperative last January 5, this time warning the city hall that its electric supply will be cut if it fails to pay the amount.

Sabornay said the city hall never bothered communicating with Ceneco to explain its failure to pay the electric bill.

The Ceneco president, meanwhile, complained that the city mayor, instead of acting on their letter, sent people to their compound and locked it down.

Lawyer Allan Zamora, legal officer of Bacolod City, led policemen and the City Legal Enforcement Unit to the Ceneco compound and padlocked the electric cooperative's gates.

The local government's legal team also nailed woods on the Ceneco office.

The lock down was done after the city hall's issuance of a closure order on the electric cooperative for its alleged failure to pay franchise and real property taxes.

Sabornay said the Ceneco's lawyers are now studying possible legal moves against the city government.

He said the electric firm is also open to let the city government pay a partial amount for it's power supply's reconnection. ABS-CBN Negros