If the shocking suicide of Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Director Francisco Jose Villa Jr. told the public anything, it’s that there may be a collection of “shady deals” at the agency that should be probed.
Thus, reckoned consumer group Alyansa para sa Bagong Pilipinas (ABP, Inc.) which incidentally filed a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) to halt the alleged seven midnight contracts entered by the ERC.
Reports said that Villa shot himself inside his Parañaque City home last November 9.
Based on his suicide notes and statements from kin, the official was being forced to approve contracts for procurements and hiring consultants without proper bidding and procedure. Villa was the bids and awards committee chairman.
As such, ABP called on President Rodrigo Duterte to order an investigation on the suicide so as to serve justice for Villa.
The consumer watchdog said it is also seeking justice for the “overburdened consumers as a result of ERC’s ineptness, betrayal and irregularities”.
Last November 8, the ABP filed a petition naming the ERC as respondent with prayer to restrain the regulatory board from approving the joint applications filed by Meralco and seven generation companies affiliated with the giant utility.
The group alleged in its petition that the seven midnight contracts between Meralco and its affiliated generation companies were signed only four days before the new generation deadline expired.