ERC chief says 'not arguing for anybody'

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Posted at Dec 27 2017 10:45 AM

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MANILA - Energy Regulatory Commission Chairperson Agnes Devanadera on Wednesday said she was not taking the side of 4 suspended commissioners, whose actions allegedly favored power distributor Meralco.

Devanadera said Tuesday there could be no "midnight deals" as the ERC's decision to delay competitive bidding rules benefited close to 100 other applications for supply contracts, not just Meralco's.

She also warned of possible blackouts as the suspensions would affect the commission's functions.

"I am not arguing in favor of anybody. I am just citing the records," Devanadera told DZMM.

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate dismissed Devanadera's warning of blackouts as "blackmail."

"Puwede naman tanggalin na 'yang mga commissioners na 'yan at palitan ng bago. 'Yung iba nga tinanggal dahil sa allegations na hindi pa rin napapatunayan," Zarate told DZMM in a separate interview.

(Those commissioners can always be removed and replaced. Look at the others who were removed even as allegations have not been proven.)

Devanadera said the Ombudsman's suspension order was forwarded to the Office of the President.

"I trust the wisdom that they will do something about it," she said.