San Juan brgy chief found using ‘jumpers’ again, may face charges

PHOTO CAPTION: Brgy. Capt. Pascual Espinosa of San Juan, Molo was again found to be using alleged illegal electric connections yesterday by MORE Power’s apprehension team./iNews (N. Glenn Aragon/Photos courtesy of MORE Power)

ILOILO CITY–A case of power pilferage déjà vu?

This, after the village chief of Brgy. San Juan in Molo, Iloilo City, Pascual Espinosa, was found to have another illegal connection in his residence, more than a year after he was rapped for using ‘jumpers’ in his house.

Around 8 am yesterday, the MORE Power apprehension team discovered an electric meter on a post located in Bangga Panot of the said barangay that was not included in their registry and was exhibiting ‘unusual’ metering behavior.

Tracing the lines led them to the residence of Espinosa, which was about 125 meters away from the electric post. And while the village head did have a registered meter adjacent to his house, he had a separate line connected to the unregistered meter discovered earlier.

Inside the house, said the report, four more lines were seen—disconnected, but believed by the MORE team to be on stand by for anyone who would contract Espinosa’s ‘services’ in exchange for a fixed monthly fee.

Meanwhile, a later inquiry revealed the unregistered electric meter a “hot” one: stolen from its original owner in the district of Arevalo.

Espinosa was not in his house at the time of the discoveries and could not be questioned.

It was learned that MORE Power will demand payment from Espinosa for the pilfered electricity. Should he refuse to pay it, a case for violation of Republic Act No. 7832, otherwise known as the Anti-Pilferage of Electricity and Theft of Electric Transmission Lines/Materials Act of 1994, will be filed against him in court.

To recall, Espinosa was made to pay more than P70,000 as a penalty for his infraction last year. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNews)

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