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    Phl Senate to probe 'power conspiracy'

    THE Philippine Senate is determined to conduct an in-depth investigation into the reported conspiracy among power generators in the country that caused unjustifiable price hikes.
    Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Friday said the government is determined to get to the bottom of what really happened and prevent it from happening again through different measures.
    Among these measures, Coloma said, include probe by the Senate to confirm if there was indeed collusion, a parallel investigation by the Department of Justice and a review for possible amendment of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) law.
    He said the government will ensure that unjustifiable price hikes are not passed on to and borne by the citizens.
    “I think it is incumbent upon us that this situation that greatly affects the welfare of so many of our countrymen, we should know what actually transpired and what corrective actions should be undertaken to address that situation,” Coloma pointed out.
    In an earlier statement, President Benigno Aquino III said that since the Malampaya shutdown (which led to the power rate hike) was not an unusual event, periodic maintenance should have been required.
    “What needed to be prepared for should have been prepared for,” Coloma quoted Aquino as saying, referring to the shutdown.
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