Individual charged with theft of NGCP tower parts in Bataan
Published on December 20, 2018 12:00 AM
The Regional Trial Court of Balanga, Bataan ordered Rodolfo Malang, a private lot caretaker from Abucay, Bataan, to pay a fine of PhP 50,000.00 after the court found him guilty of the storage and possession of stolen steel angular bars, braces, bolts and nuts, and several other tower parts found in the nipa hut he was residing in. These parts were found missing from Tower 85 of NGCP’s Hermosa-Limay 230kV Line after an inspection was conducted by NGCP's security personnel.
According to the accused, the materials found in his possession were only purchased from a junkshop. However, the court said that the Anti-Electricity and Electric Transmission Lines/Materials Pilferage Act of 1994 punishes mere storage, possession, or keeping of transmission materials without the owner’s consent. Actual taking or intent to take need not be proved. This law prohibits the illegal use of electricity and theft of transmission lines or materials.
Violators of the said law can face a similar penalty of paying a fine ranging from PhP 50,000.00 to PhP 100,000.00, reclusion temporal which lasts from 12 years and one day to 20 years in prison, or both, depending on the gravity of the crime.
“NGCP takes its anti-pilferage campaign seriously because apart from violating a law, pilfered towers weaken the overall reliability of the power grid and endangers nearby residents should the facility be rendered unstable,” said NGCP.
NGCP reiterates its reminder to the public that pilferage or stealing any part of a transmission tower, or the mere possession of stolen tower parts, is a crime punishable by law. NGCP encourages the public to report cases of pilferage or any suspicious activity near or along transmission lines to the NGCP TIP Hotline with numbers 0917-TIPNGCP (8476427) or 0918-TIPNGCP (8476427).
NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders Henry Sy, Jr. and Robert Coyiuto, Jr. ###