2 GROUPS BATTLE OVER CONTROL OF DAVAO DEL NORTE POWER FIRM
Mayor Al David Uy of the Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos) has been called “katok” (crazy) for siding with one of two groups fighting over control of the Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (Daneco).
Uy said that the Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative – Cooperative Development Administration (Daneco-CDA) is subject of a cease and desist order (CDO) to operate the Daneco.
Radio broadcaster Pat Lucero Pacquiao also scored Uy for further saying that Daneco-CDA’s rival, Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative-National Electrification Administration (Daneco-NEA) is acknowledged as having the the right to run Daneco whose franchize covers Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley.
Uy’s Igacos in Samal Island in the Davao Gulf, a component City of Davao del Norte, also gets its power supply from Daneco.
Pacquiao said Uy made the statements in a radio interview as the Daneco-CDA/Daneco-NEA issue surfaced anew following media reports that Daneco-CDA has been issued a CDO by the NEA.
The two groups have been locked in legal squabble over right to manage Daneco since 2012.
Pacquiao, manager of the Tagum City-based FM radio station RPFM TAGUM 99.9, is known to lean towards the cause of Daneco-CDA, that he insists has the legal right to manage Daneco.
Uy has been deceived by the alleged CDO against Daneco-CDA, according to Pacquiao.
He insists there is no CDO against Daneco-CDA.
Uy is among many people who are fooled by the alleged CDO against Daneco-CDA and are swallowing hook-line-and sinker the false stories about it, said Pacquiao.
“Mga katok,” said Pacquiao in his broadcast last week downloaded in his Facebook account.
Daneco-CDA took control of Daneco in 2010 after a referendum that voted the CDA-registered group to manage Daneco.
In 2012, NEA questioned the legality of the referendum, issued an office order to “cease and desist” against the members of the Board of Directors of Daneco-CDA and forcibly took over Daneco.
Daneco-CDA questioned the CDO against members of its Board up to the Supreme Court (SC), which declared the CDO as legal.
Pacquiao, however, said the SC decision only covered members of the Board, but not Daneco-CDA itself, whose right to manage Daneco is still acknowledged by CDA.
Pacquiao said that the CDO alleged as having been issued of late by NEA is merely an office order by the current NEA “reiterating” the office order issued in 2012 against members of the old Board who are no longer connected with the Daneco-CDA.
Presently, Daneco customers pay their electric bills either to Daneco-CDA or Daneco-NEA.