Probe of new ERC chief’s energy-related deals vowed


SEN. Panfilo Lacson yesterday vowed to scrutinize whatever connections new Energy Regulatory Commission chair Zenaida Ducut may have had with some power-generating companies dealing with the National Power Corp.

Lacson said he received information of alleged links of Ducut with some power-generating firms, specifically those involved in the use of coal, supposedly owned by some perceived Palace cronies.

“Busisiin natin kung meron bang connection ang mga korporasyon na nakikipag-deal sa Napocor sa bagong ERC chair o may connection sa cronies ng Pangulo o sa First Family,” he said.

Lacson has said Ducut’s appointment is a calibrated move of President Arroyo to control the power sector by appointing her allies to strategic positions related to the power industry.

In turnover ceremonies yesterday at the ERC office, Ducut said she applied for the position and was chosen based on her qualifications.

“I’m a lawyer by profession, and I’ve been in the practice of law for more than 10 years, which are the requirements to become chairman of this commission. And aside from that, I have my credentials to speak of. I’ve been with the legislative, judicial and executive branch of the government. I’ve been deputy presidential legal counsel,” she said.

Ducut will serve for a fixed term of seven years.

On her business partnership with Rodolfo “Bong Pineda, the President’s “kumpadre” and an alleged jueteng lord, she said, “I don’t deny that Bong Pineda was one of my clients. That relationship ended in 1995.” – With Myla Iglesias(Malaya)

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