Consumers from 55 cities and municipalities from 15 provinces and 10 regions, led by the Freedom from Debt Coalition, staged a national day of action through various forms of protest and urged Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III and Congress, specifically the members of the Joint Congressional Power Commission, to create a roadmap to address the problems besetting the power industry and affecting ordinary consumers.

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Thousands of electricity consumers from 55 cities and municipalities from 15 provinces and 10 regions are expected to stage a multi-form protest on November 22, dubbed as “National Day of Action against Epira, high electricity rates and privatization of the power industry.” Consumers will also stage “Occupy Meralco” in various branches, including the main office, of the distribution company in the National Capital Region at exactly 10:00 AM on Thursday.

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Members of Freedom from Debt Coalition trooped to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) at Ortigas Center in Pasig City today to demand the government to review the ERC’s mandate and performance, investigate its decisions favoring the big power players, and investigate ERC officials via a lifestyle check.

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The Freedom from Debt Coalition, together with various people’s organizations, will be holding a National Day of Protest on November 22, 2012 to register the people’s resistance to the skyrocketing electricity rates that continue to burden the people and the relentless privatization of the power industry under the EPIRA or Electric Power Industry Reform Act.

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The Senate of the Philippines should cut short the life of Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) Corp., instead of extending it.

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