Entrapment Operation in Iloilo: Four individuals were recently caught in an entrapment operation selling power meters owned by More Electric and Power Corporation (MORE Power Iloilo) last March 17 in Brgy San Isidro, Jaro, at around 1pm.
One concerned citizen reached out to the distribution utility after the perpetrators offered to install a connection for Php 12,000 without the necessary application papers. It was also discovered that the power meter in their possession originally belongs to a consumer in Alta Tierra Subdivision in Jaro.
One of the perpetrators admitted that they have stolen at least four power meters but is unable to reveal where they have connected the stolen properties in their modus operandi.
One of the perpetrators is a former meter installer of the distribution utility that preceded MORE Power. That certain individual is also the identified leader of the group. To date, perpetrators are at the Jaro PNP Station where they will face necessary charges.
“Amo ini sila ang mga responsable sa pagkadula sang mga kuntador sa original nga location nga naging rason kun ngaa ayawan kami pangita sang balay sang tag iya nga rason man kun ngaa nadugayan ang deliveries sang ila mga billings kag nagtingob”, suno kay Jonathan Cabrera, spokesman sang MORE Power Iloilo.
Republic Act No 7832 is an act penalizing the pilferage of electricity and theft of electric power transmission lines/materials, rationalizing system losses by phasing out pilferage losses as a component thereof and for other purposes.
In Section 03, it is unlawful to:
(1) Cut, saw, slice, separate, split, severe, smelt, or remove any electric power transmission line/material or meter from a tower, pole, any other installation or place of installation or any other place or site where it may be rightfully or lawfully stored, deposited, kept, stocked, inventoried, situated or located, without the consent of the owner, whether or not the act is done for profit or gain;
(2) Take, carry away or remove or transfer, with or without the use of a motor vehicle or other means of conveyance, any electric power transmission line/ material or meter from a tower, pole, any other installation or place of installation, or any place or site where it may be rightfully or lawfully stored, deposited, kept, stocked, inventoried, situated or located, without the consent of the owner, whether or not the act is done for profit or gain;
(3) Store, possess or otherwise keep in his premises, custody or control, any electrical power transmission line/material or meter without the consent of the owner, whether or not the act is done for profit or gain; and
(4) Load, carry, ship or move from one place to another, whether by land, air or sea any electrical power transmission line/material, whether or not the act is done for profit or gain, without first securing a clearance/permit for the said purpose from its owner or the National Power Corporation (NPC) or its regional office concerned, as the case may be.