MORE hires dubious manager

MORE Power Iloilo
MORE Power Iloilo

Monte Oro Resources and Energy (MORE) of gambling and mining magnate Enrique Razon is now in a desperate race to prove that its inexperience in the power distribution business will not put at risk the 64,000-metered consumers around Iloilo City even to the point of hiring a power manager just for the sake of having one and whose background in the power industry is highly questionable. 

MORE hastily presented Amador Guevarra, former manager of Pampanga Electric Cooperative II (PELCO 2), as its main man to manage the operation in Iloilo City, boasting a record of having turned PELCO 2’s operation into a very efficient distribution utility cooperative. 

Industry sources, however, revealed that PELCO 2 under Guevarra incurred an unjustifiable debt of P2 billion, which resulted in a bail-out by Manila Electric Co. (MERALCO) and its local partner Corns Tech just to ensure continuity of its services under a P1.2-billion rescue fund.

Guevarra has a bloated 500 personnel in their workforce despite industry estimates that it can efficiently operate with 150 workers. 

In 2014, a survey, which was conducted among PELCO 2 consumers in Mabalacat City, Guagua, Bacolor, Sta. Rita, Lubao and Porac, showed widespread dissatisfaction with its electric service amid allegations of questionable bills.

In 2000, an Amador Guevarra made a name as rebel leader of the Rebolusyonaryong Hukbong Bayan (RHB) and is known among his contemporaries as “Ka Basil.”

RHB is a splinter group of the New Peoples Army (NPA) branded as “NPA expellees” engaged in criminal activities such as extortion and looting. 

According to earlier reports, Guevarra was arrested in 2001 with two other members of RHB, which has gained notoriety in Pampanga for extortion, robbery, looting and gun-for-hire activities.

The same Guevarra was charged with the murder of DZMM radio correspondent Vincent Rodriguez, and the wounding of a woman in the ambush on President Estrada’s son, Joel “Jojo” Ejercito, and Sasmuan town Mayor Catalina Bagasina on May 23, 2000.

It is not immediately known if the same Amador Guevarra is the one hired by MORE to manage its Iloilo operation. IMT