Gaspar would be the fourth judge tohandle the case following Judge Yvette Go of RTC, Branch 37; Judge Gelveson aspairing judge when Go went on leave; and Amular. RTC, Branch 35’s Judge Daniel AntonioGerardo Amular decided to inhibit from the case. In seeking the expropriation of PECO’sassets, MORE Power cited Section 10 of RA 11212 and Rule 67 Section 2 of theRevised Rules of Court authorizing it to take possession of, exercise controlover, and manage and operate all of the power distribution assets in IloiloCity. MORE Power filed the expropriationcase against PECO in March 2019 a month after President Rodrigo Duterte singedMORE Power’s franchise law (Republic Act 11212) as new power distributor inIloilo City. The city’s new power distributor alsopetitioned the court to determine the reasonable value of PECO’s powerdistribution system assets for just compensation, then order the transfer ofthe ownership of these upon payment of a just compensation. Judge Gelvezon approved the re-raffle. “Notwithstanding that the PresidingJudge performs his duties in accordance with the conscientious dictate of hisconscience and the applicable provisions of law, it has come to a point thatwhatever judgment the Presiding Judge would render in the case would not beaccepted by either the plaintiff or the defendant or maybe tainted with bias,”according to Amular. PECO, on the other hand, questionedthe constitutionality of RA 11212, specifically the sections on expropriation. The expropriation of PECO’s assets inits favor, according to MORE Power, would allow it to “immediately address andcorrect poor services, overcharging, frequent brownouts, expensive rates, oldand unsafe facilities and practices, and other service deficiencies that thiscity’s power users and consumers had long suffered.” “Since the court is the leastunderstood as an institution in the discharge of its function, the lack ofunderstanding of the rules and procedures in connection thereto would affectthe integrity of our courts to uphold the rule of law,” lamented Amular. By MORE Power’s own estimate, however,PECO’s power distribution system is valued at P481,842,450 – way below PECO’sprevious claim that its assets are worth at least P2 billion. In an order dated Jan. 15, Amularstated he opted to have the case re-raffled after consulting Executive JudgeVictor Gelvezon. The case was re-raffled to the sala ofRTC, Branch 33 of Judge Ma. Theresa Gaspar on Monday. PECO’s power distribution franchiseexpired on Jan. 19, 2019./PN MORE Power asked RTC, Branch 37 toissue a writ of possession authorizing it to take immediate control, operation,use, and disposition of PECO’s power distribution system assets. ILOILO City – A new Regional TrialCourt (RTC) branch and a new judge will be handling the expropriation casefiled by MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) against Panay Electric Co.(PECO).
BRYAN FAUST/Herald photoThe No. 52 Wisconsin women’s tennis team played some 27 separate matches from Thursday through Saturday, contesting 21 points and facing three different schools. The Badgers emerged victorious from only two of those matches — both coming during Thursday competition with the University of Miami — snagging as many points on the weekend and falling to all three schools. Still, with those grim results coming in competition against No. 7 Vanderbilt, No. 4 Georgia Tech and the No. 9 Hurricanes, the team considers the brutal competition to have provided valuable experience, yielding results perhaps more promising than the statistics would leave one to believe. “You look at it, and it looks like we got killed … but it could have gone either way in a lot of matches,” Badger ace No. 32 Caitlin Burke said.The squad’s only two points on the weekend frame came thanks to Kaylan Caiati and Chelsea Nusslock lifting 7-4, 4-6, 1-0(9) and 6-3, 4-6, 4-1 (ret.) victories off of the Hurricanes’ Patricia Starzyk and Audrey Banada, respectively. Caiati’s victory, noted for protracted back and forth points highlighted by a theme of notable deliberation, clocked in as the team’s longest individual effort on the weekend frame. Despite getting blanked 7-0, 7-0 by the Yellow Jackets and Commodores on Friday and Saturday, the defeated Badger squad felt a general tone of maturation as the USTA/ITA National Indoor Tournament drew to a close.”We’re a better team today than we were Thursday,” head coach Patti Henderson said after Saturday play. “We’re going to be a better team.”Though the Wisconsin ensemble did not manage a doubles victory during the three matches, the top pairing of Burke and freshman Liz Carpenter came notably close against Vanderbilt. After dropping the first game of the eight-game pro-set, the Badger duo rallied to break Maggie Yahner’s serve as she double faulted in the second deuce, giving Wisconsin its first advantage, and Burke and Carpenter capitalized.Carpenter then held, bringing Wisconsin to a 2-1 lead early in the affair. The Commodores next claimed five consecutive games, though four of them went to deuce, breaking each Badger while both Yahner and Amanda Taylor held service (though Yahner did get called for a rare foot fault at the baseline). But Wisconsin reciprocated in kind, stealing the next three games as Yahner was broken once again and both Badgers held. With Vanderbilt now enjoying a 6-5 lead, Taylor, Burke and Yahner each held their final serves, giving the Commodores an 8-6 victory. “Liz and I have improved a lot since we have been playing together this season,” Burke said. The USTA/ITA National Indoor Tournament, which was being held in Madison for the 19th-straight year, was ultimately claimed by top-seeded Stanford on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinal knocked off Texas 4-0, completing a clean sweep of the four-day affair during which Stanford never ceded a single match.