PNoy won't sack ERC chief yet

by Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 01 2014 01:14 AM | Updated as of Mar 01 2014 09:14 AM

KUALA LUMPUR- President Benigno Aquino on Friday refused to give in to pressure for the ouster of Energy Regulatory Commission Chair Zenaida Ducut, following another complaint filed before the Office of the President.

On the first complaint, the President tasked the Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs to conduct an investigation against Ducut.

"I understand, the last feedback I got was she was asked to reply. She has been directed or told to reply to the complaints against her, and parang they are awaiting her reply on the first complaint," Aquino said.

He hopes that the complaints will be consolidated in order to expedite the process.

The President explained that there must be a process before anyone can be removed from the office.

"Our laws recognize, 'di ba, 'yung innocent until proven guilty and the requirement for undertaking the due process aspect. And I think it behooves us to implement all the laws of the land that we have to adhere to giving her due process, which is to give her a chance to reply to the same, before rendering a decision," he said.