Philippine Daily Inquirer

MALA­CAÑANG TO IM­PLE­MENT SUS­PEN­SION OF 4 ERC COM­MIS­SION­ERS

- —JULIE M. AURE­LIO

Mala­cañang will carry out the sus­pen­sion of four com­mis­sion­ers of the En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (ERC) af­ter they re­port­edly re­mained in their posts de­spite an or­der from the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man.

Pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son Harry Roque said the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent would im­ple­ment the sus­pen­sion or­der on Fri­day.

“[We have] got con­fir­ma­tion, [the] Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent will ex­e­cute [the] sus­pen­sion to­mor­row,” Roque said on Thurs­day.

The Om­buds­man ear­lier sus­pended ERC Com­mis­sion- ers Al­fredo Non, Glo­ria Vic­to­ria Yap-Taruc, Jose­fina Pa­tri­cia Asirit and Geron­imo Sta. Ana for three months for ne­glect of duty.

In a com­plaint, the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Elec­tric­ity Con­sumers for Re­forms Inc. al­leged that the com­mis­sion­ers of tol­er­ated the mis­use of bill de­posits by the Manila Elec­tric Com­pany.

Rolando Faller, the lawyer for the ERC com­mis­sion­ers, said his clients re­mained in their posts since there was no di­rec­tive yet from the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent.

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