The Central Negros Electric Cooperative has apprehended around 400 persons caught illegally tapping electricity since January this year.
They caught 446 for illegal tapping and only 283 settled to pay the penalties under the Republic Act 7832 or the Anti-Pilferage Act.
A report from ABS-CBN, said CENECO has already accumulated P18 million in systems loss this year.
A total of 771 kilowatt-hours was lost due to pilferage of electricity that commonly occurs on second electricity lines, or in far-flung barangays through illegal tapping.
The Power Watch Negros Advocates Inc. has requested for the names of those who illegally tap electricity but CENECO said there are confidentiality and legal issues at risk in doing that.
CENECO General Manager SulpicioLagarde Jr. said in a report that some were already imprisoned because of this practice but all of them have to undergo due process before they are proven guilty.
Last year's record also show about 600 caught with 239 unsettled accounts and the electric cooperative needs to recover P34M due to this illegal activity, the report said.*
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