Duterte names Devanadera as new ERC chief

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 24 2017 02:05 PM | Updated as of Nov 24 2017 02:44 PM

MANILA (1st UPDATE) - President Rodrigo Duterte has named former Solicitor General and Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera as the new chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).

Devanadera, who served under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, replaced Jose Vicente Salazar, who was dismissed by the Office of the President in October after being found guilty of simple grave misconduct in connection with corruption charges.

Salazar was named by the late ERC Director Francisco Villa Jr. in the alleged rigging of the selection process for an audio visual presentation project to favor a certain Luis Morelos.

He earlier denied any wrongdoing and said the deal to produce infomercials and campaign materials with Morelos was still in the inception stage.

Devanadera has faced a graft case for her role as a lawyer of the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel, but it was dismissed due to inordinate delay.

She assumes the ERC post as the House of Representatives is investigating its supply deals with power distributor Meralco, which one lawmaker said might put consumers at a disadvantage.