Duterte threatens to abolish ERC anew

Kimberly Jane Tan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 08 2016 06:18 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday reiterated his threat to abolish the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) if its top officials do not resign from the agency.

"Ayaw mo magresign? I will abolish your office, I promise you," Duterte said at the 7th Founding Anniversary of Federalismo Alyansa ng Bicol in Albay.

(You don't want to resign? I will abolish your office, I promise you.)

"That was my [campaign] promise, no corruption," he added.

Duterte repeated his call for the resignation of ERC officials after getting reports of rampant corruption inside the agency.

This was 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.