Not first time Duterte asked ERC execs to quit, says CSC

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 22 2016 12:31 PM | Updated as of Nov 22 2016 02:59 PM

NOT ONCE, BUT TWICE. President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday demanded all officials of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to step down from office. This, however, is not the first time that he has asked ERC executives to resign, the Civil Service Commission revealed Tuesday.

CSC Chairperson Alicia Dela Rosa-Bala pointed out that Duterte in August issued a memorandum declaring all appointive government posts vacant and giving all presidential appointees seven days to file their resignation.

The memorandum, Bala told radio DZMM, covers ERC officials, as confirmed by the Office of the Executive Secretary.

"Mayroong na-issue noong mga nakaraang buwan na memorandum circular kung saan nakasaad na lahat ng opisyal ng gobyerno, maliban ang career officials ay kailangan na mag-tender ng kanilang courtesy resignation," she explained.

"Ini-clarify namin, iyun bang officials na mayroong termino, kasama ba sila sa magte-tender ng courtesy resignation... Ang sagot po sa amin ng Office of the Executive Secretary, kasama po sila. Ang pagkaintindi ko po, sila (ERC officials) ay presidential appointees.

Bala, however, admitted the CSC was not able to monitor if the ERC officials had tendered their resignation and if these were accepted by the Office of the President.

The President on Monday demanded the resignation of ERC leaders, days after the suicide of ERC bidding chair Francisco Villa Jr., who claimed in his suicide letters that he was pressured by his superiors to approve anomalous deals.

"Basta lahat itong opisyal, lahat sila, they have to resign," Duterte said of the supposed corrupt officials. "Binaboy nila 'yung agency."

But some ERC commissioners declared they will not resign, saying they need to preserve their institution's reputation.