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Energy officials face graft charges

A group of consumers based in Zamboanga City filed graft charges against Energy officials over the alleged anomaly in the awarding of a P2.5-billion deal to oversee the city’s power co-op.

In a statement on Friday, National Association of Electricity Consumers for Reforms Inc. said 47 Zamboanga City residents, representing various sectors, filed a graft complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman against individuals for approving an investment management contract (IMC) executed between Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative Inc. (Zamcelco) and Crown Investment Holdings Inc.

The 23-page complaint was filed on October 11 against National Electrification Administration (NEA) Board members led by Administrator Edgardo Masongsong, alternate Chairman Energy Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella, and members Rene Gonzalez and Alipio Cirilo Badelles; and Crown Investment Holdings Inc. and Desco Inc. represented by Marvee Espejo.

Only NEA Board member Agustin Maddatu was excluded in the charges, as he voted against the IMC’s approval based on the minutes of the NEA Board meeting.

The complaint claims that the board approved the awarding of the IMC despite their full knowledge of the irregularities in the bidding process that violated NEA rules and issuances.

Last August 31, the board of Zamcelco awarded the contract to the joint venture of Crown and Desco for the management and operation of the utility.

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