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    Duterte threatens to abolish ERC

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, November 24th, 2016

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    President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to abolish the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) should its officials refuse to resign.

    “If they do not resign, I will conduct my own audit and file lawsuits against them in court. I will see to it that they will be…if it is plunder, be sure…I will make it sure that you go to jail with no bail,” warned the president.

    President Rodrigo Duterte insisted on his previous decision to order the resignation of the officials of the ERC.

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    This, after receiving reports of alleged rampant corruption in the said agency.

    The president warned that, if ERC officials do not resign, he will not have second thoughts of abolishing the said office and creating a new agency instead.

    “I demand that they all resign. If you do not lie, it’s easy. We will abolish the office. I will not grant any single centavo. You can stay there forever; put up another,” he said.

    Corruption in the ERC have come to the fore following the death of ERC Bids and Awards Committee director, Francisco Jose Villa Jr. due to issues of corruption.

    Aside from the ERC, the president also aims to look into other government agencies.

    One of the things the president would like to abolish is the existence of consultants such as in the case of the ERC.

    “Consultant here, consultant there. Where’s your brain? You were placed there because you know how to think. You spend the money of…I will review all, all government corporations,” said Duterte.

    He also said that if abolishment does happen, the government can save much, which can be used as fund for other important matters, such as additional equipment for the police and the military. — Victor Cosare │UNTV News and Rescue

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    Malacañang dismisses ERC Chairman Jose Vicente Salazar

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 9th, 2017

    Jose Vicente Salazar

    Jose Vicente Salazar

    MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the President has fired Jose Vicente Salazar as the Chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).

    The Palace said Salazar was found guilty in a simple and grave misconduct case over the corruption charges filed against him.

    The complaint stemmed from his alleged manipulation of the bidding process and threatening of several ERC Commissioners and officers in connection with the investigation being conducted on him.

    Salazar is also the one named by former ERC Director Francisco Jose Villa Jr. who pressured him to approve several questionable contracts and to hire consultants without undergoing the proper process. – UNTV News & Rescue

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    PRRD orders creation of Presidential Anti-corruption Commission

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, October 5th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the creation of Presidential Anti-corruption Commission through Executive Order No. 43.

    The newly formed commission will investigate administrative charges particularly graft and corruption cases involving presidential appointees.

    It also has the power to probe and gather information and evidence like what the Office of the Ombudsman does.

    Aside from these functions, the commission can also conduct lifestyle checks and fact-finding inquiries on presidential appointees upon the order of the president.

    After the completion of an investigation, the commission will then submit a report and recommendation to the president including the penalties to be imposed on those proven involved in corruption. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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    LP senators deny hand on alleged ouster plot vs. PRRD

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, October 5th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines — Senators allied with the Liberal Party (LP) have once again denied having plans to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

    According to LP President Sen. Francis Pangilinan, the president just wants to divert the public’s attention away from the issues he is facing.

    “Ang concern natin dito ay ang conspiracy na nauwi sa pagpapalusot ng P6.5 billion na shabu sa BOC kasabwat ang mga drug syndicate. Ang conspiracy na iyon ang dapat ipinapaliwanag ng gobyerno,” said Pangilinan.

    (Our concern is the conspiracy that resulted in the entry of the P6.5 billion worth of shabu at the BOC in conspiracy with drug syndicates. And that conspiracy must be explained by the government.)

    For Sen. Bam Aquino, Liberal Party members have nothing to do with any effort to oust the president, adding that Duterte may just be making up the ouster plot issue.

    “Gaya ng kaniyang mga paratang sa bank account ni Senator Trillanes, he probably also made that up. Gawa-gawa lang po iyan. Hindi po totoo (Just like with the bank account of Senator Trillanes, he probably also made that up.  It’s just made up. These are not true.),” he said.

    Aquino also noted that criticisms against members of the opposition are not a good sign.

    “Secretary Aguirre has even created a group against what he calls the enemies of the state, including what he calls the ‘yellowtards’. This is already a political persecution,” said the senator.

    Meanwhile, according to the former chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and now senator, Panfilo Lacson, any plot to oust the president is impossible to succeed.

    “Pwedeng may nag-iisip, pero will they succeed? Ang 82% na approval at trust rating ng Pangulo, mukhang mahirap mangyari ang ma-oust siya through either people power or… military naman, unlikely because he’s so close with the military,” said Lacson.

    (It’s possible that someone is thinking about it, but will they succeed? With the 82% approval and trust rating of the president, it would be difficult to oust him through people power or…military is unlikely to do that because he’s so close to the military.)

    Solicitor General Jose Calida initially divulged that some groups and personalities are colluding to destabilize the president. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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