Palace won’t force ERC chief to quit amid pork scam

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Malacañang on Monday said that it will not force Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chair Zenaida Ducut to resign amid her alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.

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The National Bureau of Investigation earlier accused Ducut of acting as a broker of several former lawmakers, including resigned Customs Commissioner Rufino Biazon, who transferred their pork barrel funds to dubious NGOs allegedly controlled by Napoles.

Ducut used to be the representative of Pampanga’s second district, a post taken over by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo after she appointed the former to the ERC.

In a press conference, Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said that they are leaving it to Ducut whether to resign out of delicadeza.

He said that it would be a “personal decision” for Ducut whether to take a leave or resign from her post.

“We leave that to her personal decision if she will take a leave or resign,” Lacierda added.

CATHERINE S. VALENTE

 

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