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Duterte: All ERC officials resign

LIMA – President Rodrigo Duterte demanded that all officials of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) resign from their posts as he would ask Congress to abolish the agency to pave the way for its total revamp.

Duterte issued this order following the suicide of Francisco Villa Jr., ERC chair of the bids and awards committee, over alleged corruption issues in the agency.

“I am demanding that they all (ERC officials) resign,” Duterte announced during a press conference at the conclusion of the 24th APEC Leaders’ Meeting here.

Duterte said he can no longer wait for his arrival in Auckland where he would be making a stopover before proceeding to the Philippines for the ERC officials and agency to know about his decision.

Duterte held a press conference around past 6 pm, Sunday Nov. 20, before heading back to Manila shortly before midnight.

His plane will make a short stopover in Auckland before proceeding to Manila. Duterte is scheduled to arrive at 11 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 23, at the Davao International Airport.

According to Duterte, he has in possession of the intelligence/internal report but which content and people involved cannot yet be divulged.

“They must resign,” said Duterte, pissed.

But he said he has an option to file cases against all of the ERC officials or demand that no money will be appropriated for the agency since the budget hearing is still ongoing. “I can give them zero,” he said.

To reorganize ERC, Duterte said he will demand that Congress to disband the agency.

Meanwhile, thanked Duterte for his move and asked for the creation of a helpline that would cater to the needs of “harassed” government employees in their workplace.

“We, the family of Jun Villa, are deeply and profoundly humbled and so grateful for the attention of President Duterte to shed light over our tragic loss,” the family said.

Villa’s sister, journalist Charie Villa, said his brother wrote in the suicide notes how he was reportedly pressured to approve procurement contracts without proper bidding. (Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat & Martin A. Sadongdong)

comments
  • john R.

    sige palyasin mga yan isang tao lang pinapatrabaho nila

  • marchan

    mausna nang daw na magreresign ang dutae

  • olive

    tanggalin na lang para tumino ang mga ga go

  • markus x

    itapon na lang sa dagat para may silibi sila

  • honelynT

    kung ako lang masusunod dito sa erc di ko yan bibigyan ng resignation ipapahiya ko muna mga kabulastugan nila sabay tangal at ipakulong

  • james

    Tama yan! mga abusado sa pwesto ang mga yan!

  • kris

    Resign na kayo kung ayaw nyong makulong!

    • jake hernandez

      oust yan si digong!

  • jay

    Dapat parusahan talaga ang mga yan!

  • Mina

    ikaw ang umalis dutiti!

    • jomar

      ikaw ang umalis ng pilipinas kung ayaw mo sa presidente namin!

    • Alexandra (diwata)

      umalis! ulol! mukha mo pwet ko!

  • james mesias

    lagot kayo kay digong kpag dumating sya.

  • A_C

    mag resign ka na lang para hindi ka na mabugbog ng pdu30.

  • shane lastimosa

    paalisin na lang para mas maigi pa.

  • steve garcia

    masyado syang mapang api ng kapwa, dpat sya paalisin na lang

  • Cass_anton

    masyadong abusado kasi dapt sainyo umalis na sa pwesto niyo

    • aRiEL

      sinasayang lang nila ang oportunidad ng binibigay skanila.

  • kevin–kevz

    layas na lang kayo wala naman kayo pakinabang

  • clarisse ;)

    wala naman na kwenta ang dugong na yan!

    • tom@sison

      may alien na nkapsok dito!

  • kier Luis

    kung ginagawa nyo naman ang trabaho nyo hindi sana mag kakaganito.

  • gigi leny

    yan ang nararapat kaya umalis na lang kayo!

  • glenn robio

    yang si dugong ang dapat paalisin dahil wala namang silbi sa lipunan.

    • analisa

      ikaw ang salot sa lipunan,puro kayo sat sat!