A certain Barangay Captain in Lapuz, Iloilo City, was caught in a recent jumper operation in Iloilo by More Electric and Power Corporation (MORE Power Iloilo)’s apprehension team. According to the report, the suspect has a power meter of her own, however, the average consumption is only around 30 kWh per month – given that the suspect is living in a two-floor residence and has a total of four (4) air conditioning systems.
Upon investigation, it was discovered that an illegal connection was installed and hidden inside water pipes and connected to MORE Power’s secondary line. Also involved in the act are the suspect’s mother and sibling.
The suspect will be facing charges according to MORE Power.
It may be recalled that four individuals were also caught in an entrapment operation by MORE Power. The suspects were caught selling power meters owned by MORE and apprehended last March 17 in Brgy San Isidro, Jaro.
According to Republic Act No 7832, power pilferage is against the law. 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:
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.