AS the Duterte administration prepares to launch a massive crackdown against graft and corruption, the call for the abolition of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is getting louder.
And veteran political observers now see moves indicating the possible amendment of the highly-controversial Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) that created the ERC.
In fact, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has ordered the House committee on energy and other related panels to study the ERC abolition as proposed by no less than President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
Speaker Alvarez advised the energy committee to look into the allegations of corruption in the agency, which reportedly led to the suicide of ERC Director Francisco Villa Jr.
Based on his suicide note, Villa took his own life because he could no longer stomach the alleged corruption in the agency.
“Pag-aaralan na namin ’yung gustong mangyari ni Pangulong Duterte. I already advised the committee on energy para tingnan ’yung proposed abolition,” said the House speaker from Mindanao.
The energy committee, headed by Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, said the investigation will guide members of Congress on what pieces of legislation should be crafted.
Bagong Henerasyon Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, on the other hand, has already filed a resolution calling for the investigation, in aid of legislation, into the issues involving ERC.
The suicide of Director Villa, chairman of the ERC bids and awards committee, jarred the corridors of Malacañang.
But the question arises: Are our lawmakers -- senators and congressmen -- ready to amend the EPIRA?