Malacanang believes that the Office of the Ombudsman has justifiable reason to suspend for one year the four Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) directors for facilitating the scandal-tainted power supply agreements with Manila Electric Co. (Meralco).
“We respect the decision of the Office of Ombudsman and in my view the decision to suspend them is correct,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in an interview with DZMM.
Roque said that as a collegial body, newly-minted ERC Chairwoman Agnes Devanadera cannot decide on issues on her own with the rest of her colleagues suspended. Roque said Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea would annoucne Malacanang’s move on how to fill up the four empty seats in the ERC board.
The Ombudsman found Commissioners Gloria Victoria Yap-Taruc, Alfredo Non, Josefina Patricia Magpala-Asirit and Geronimo Sta. Ana guilty of conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, aggravated by simple misconduct and simple neglect of duty, by allowing Meralco and other electric utilities to bag power supply agreements without any bidding.