Arroyo lawyer leads ERC derby


Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 06:43:00 07/10/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Energy Regulatory Commission Chair Rodolfo Albano Jr. retired Wednesday, setting off intense buzzing over who Malacañang would chose as his replacement.

Sen. Francis Escudero said the ERC post has become a vital position in view of the public debate on surging oil and power prices.

“It’s the President’s choice,” he conceded, but added that he hoped she would appoint a credible and experienced individual to head the regulatory body.

Among the names being floated as possible replacements are deputy chief presidential legal counsel Zenaida Ducut; corporate counsel and former Ateneo law professor Alberto Agra and Lanao del Norte Rep. Alipio Cirilo Badelles.

Ducut, former Pampanga Representative and a close ally of the President, was rumored to be a strong contender.

Asked for confirmation, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Sergio Apostol said: “She’s one of the candidates. She might already have been appointed.”

But ERC spokesperson Francis Saturnino Juan said the regulatory agency had yet to receive the appointment papers of Albano’s replacement.

ERC commissioner Alejandro Barin has been named officer-in-charge starting Friday.

Ducut, who hails from Lubao, practiced law mainly in San Fernando, Pampanga, as branch clerk of court in 1983, and research attorney and prosecuting fiscal in 1986.

She started her political career in 1992 when she was elected councilor of Lubao, then congresswoman in 1995. Abigail L. Ho and Gil Cabacungan Jr.

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My Take:

A friend of mine txted me about this news. He’s fuming. Said that someone he knew told him that ducut flunked the bar 4 times.  Ito raw ba ang klase ng taong pagkakatiwalaan nating maging bisor ng mga bagay, usapin at programang may kaugnayan sa ating elektrisidad? Hmmm…

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