ERC chair dismissed over corruption

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 09 2017 02:38 PM | Updated as of Oct 09 2017 04:49 PM

MANILA - The Office of the President has dismissed Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chairman Jose Vicente Salazar who was found guilty of simple and grave misconduct in connection to corruption charges. 

In a decision signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea last October 6, the Office of the President said it found Salazar guilty of 2 counts of simple misconduct and 1 count of grave misconduct. 

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Salazar was named by the late ERC Director Francisco Villa Jr. in the 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.

"With respect to the matter of procurement of the AVP project, all elements of corruption, clear intent to violate the law, and flagrant disregard of established rule have been sufficiently demonstrated." the decision read.

Prior to the decision, Salazar was already preventively suspended. His deputy, Commissioner Alfredo Non, was appointed officer-in-charge.