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Lobregat: Salazar should resign

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Due to loss of trust, confidence and insubordination, Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chairman Jose Vicente Salazar should already resign from his post and should not wait for more shame from the present administration.

This was the solution suggested by Committee on Appropriations Vice-Chairman, Congressman Celso Lobregat for Salazar to save the ERC from destabilization amidst controversies on the alleged irregularities in the agency.

“Since Salazar doesnot anymore have the confidence of President Rodrigo Duterte, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and the House of Representatives as well, then he should not wait anymore for the president to let him resign.” Lobregat said.

“Out of delicadeza, Salazar should leave his post and save the agency from further troubles and punishment.” He added.

“He should not wait anymore for the end of his term, he should be professional enough to understand his present status,” Lobregat said.

Salazar was slappedwith a preventive suspension last May 2, 2017. He was again suspended by Malacañang due to insubordination after he issued an order to an ERC lawyer to sign the agency checks while he was suspended, the reason why was suspended by the palace the second time as a sanction.

No less than the ERC Commissioners filed a case against Salazar in the Civil Service Commission for corruption and also wrote a letter to President Duterte asking Salazar to resign due to several irregularities in the agency.

Recall, Congressman Lobregat sponsored and moved for the approval of a mere P1,000 budget for the ERC, which has been beset with controversies since the suicide of its director, Francisco Jose “Jun” Villa Jr. who exposed corruption in the commission in his suicide letter.

At the sidelines of the plenary debate, Lobregat said the House approved a measly budget for the ERC upon the instructions of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for the ERC to clean-up its acts following allegations of corruption in the commission. (Dexter Yap/PR)




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