Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Digong Duterte: Resign or I will abolish the ERC

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  • For the second time, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte will abolish the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) despite of the refusal of its officials to resign
  • Earlier, the ERC Commissioners have jointly refused to resign as they told reporters that “it would not serve the best interest of the ERC”
  • However, Mr. Duterte stand firm in his decision and said that he will abolish the ERC office

For the second time, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte said he will  abolish the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC)  despite of the  refusal of its officials to resign.

The call to resign was first announced by Mr. Duterte at a press briefing with the Philippines media delegation who attended with him the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Peru.

This came up following the death of ERC’s chair of Bids and Awards Committee Atty. Francisco Villa, Jr. who committed suicide last November 9 based on a suicide note stating  he was being  pressured by  his big boss CEO Jose Vicente Salazar to rig the bidding process in favor of the latter’s preferred contractor.

“I demanded all of them to resign,” Pres. Duterte told media at the press conference held in Davao City after he arrived from Peru as he was informed that ERC officials are firmed not to resign from their posts as disclosed in a ABS-CBN report.

Earlier, ERC Commissioners Alfredo Non,Josefina Patricia Asirit, Gloria Victoria Yap-Taruc , Geronima Sta. Ana have jointly refused  to resign  as they told reporters  that “it would not serve the best interest of the ERC.”

However, Mr. Duterte stand firm in his decision and said that he will abolish the ERC office.

“I demand all of them to resign and if they refuse I will abolish the ERC office,” he said.

The President also called an immediate investigation on case of Villa’s death saying that “there will be no sacred cows” in the inquiry.

For his part, Salazar denied the allegations of Villa even as he welcomed the conduct of probe and assured of a fair and impartial inquiry on the issue.

 

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