Ochoa office now hearing complaint vs ERC chief


Posted at Feb 04 2014 04:57 PM | Updated as of Feb 05 2014 12:57 AM

MANILA - The office of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa is now hearing an administrative complaint against Energy Regulatory Commission Chairperson Zenaida Ducut.

Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said the case will be handled by the Investigative and Adjudicatory Division of the Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs.

The unit under Ochoa’s office replaced the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission.

The unit is headed by Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Michael Aguinaldo, Coloma said.

Akbayan earlier asked the Palace to probe Ducut for allegedly abandoning her duty to protect consumers from a power rate hike.

Several mass protests were held after Meralco imposed the rate hike in December.

The Supreme Court, which has since issued a restraining order, is currently deliberating on various petitions against the rate hike.