MANILA, October 9, 2017 — Malacañang today confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte has sacked the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), who is a presidential appointee.
A statement from the Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs said the decision was signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea last Friday “in line with the President’s promise to render the nation corruption free.”
The statement said the Office of the President “has found Atty. Jose Vicente B. Salazar administratively liable for two counts of Simple Misconduct and one count of Grave Misconduct.”
“Substantial evidence shows that Atty. Salazar tried various ways of influencing the process for the procurement of ERC’s audio visual project to ensure that his favored supplier gets the contract,” the statement said.
“It was also undisputed that Atty. Salazar usurped the power of the ERC as a collegial body when he unilaterally issued orders in connection with the application for the renewal of the Electric Power Purchase Agreements between FDC Utilities, Inc. – Misamis and several distribution utilities, and when he appointed certain ERC officials and employees without the imprimatur of the other Commissioner. Thus, the President’s decision,” it added.
The statement said the dismissal from Grave Misconduct “carries with it all accessory penalties, including the perpetual disqualification from holding public office and forfeiture of retirement benefits.”