After refusing to resign, Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chairman Jose Vicente Salazar and fellow officials now face possible indictment over alleged anomalous contracts with electric corporation Meralco.
The Alyansa Para sa Bagong Pilipinas (ABP) filed on Thursday (November 24) before the Office of the Ombudsman a complaint against Salazar, who is being accused of graft and violating the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
Also named in the complaint along with Salazar are ERC Commissioners Gloria Victoria Yap-Taruc, Alfredo Non, Josefina Patricia Magpale-Asirit, and Geronio Sta. Ana.
“The contracts are onerous and anti-people. ERC is supposed to be protecting consumers as a rate-regulating body. It seems the other way around,” the ABP said in a statement.
The ABP alleged that the ERC officials arbitrarily postponed the implementation of the agency’s own rules for Competitive Selection Process (CSP) when it allowed Meralco to secure in April “seven midnight coal contracts totaling 3,551 megawatts worth $10 billion without benefit of public bidding”.