Board prexy Chua wants Senate to probe Aleco sale irregularities

LEGAZPI CITY--"We respectfully request [the Senate Commmittee] to investigate both NEA and DOE for conniving with corrupt government officials, clerics and businessmen in stealing the business, franchise and other assets of Albay Electric Cooperative, Inc.," cooperative Board president Jaime B. Chua wrote to the Senate Energy Committee in a letter dated September 16, 2014.

Chua maintained that Albay now suffers endless and massive brownouts as a result of said connivance.

He claimed: "NEA unlawfully and inappropriately allowed local politicians like Albay Gov. Jesus Jose Sarte Salceda and Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal to meddle in the consultative vote (referendum) that was conducted by NEA in September 2013. They pushed for the takeover of the utility by the San Miguel Group. They handed out campaign funds at P20 per member-consumer/voter, as if the activity were a regular election of LGU officials."

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Furthermore, he said, "On October 29, 2013, the culprits simulated a 'contract' between the cooperative and the San Miguel group, leasing the business and franchise operations."

Chua identified NEA and DOE officials as said culprits.

"[They] are supposed to know from the very beginning that Section 36 of the NEA Charter (Presidential Decree No. 269) expressly prohibits the sale or lease of the assets of electric cooperatives," Chua stressed.

"It was NEA Project Supervisor Veronica Briones who handed the electricity distribution business, assets and franchise operations of Aleco to APEC," he added.

"DOE Sec. Jericho Petilla made the takeover possible, in issuing IRR increasing the rehabilitation options," Chua said.

He  ended the letter by requesting that the matter be investigated "so that all those behind the scam [would] be prosecuted."

Aleco used to service the cities and towns of Legazpi, Daraga, Camalig, Manito, Rapu-Rapu, Tiwi, Malinao, Tabaco, Malilipot, Bacacay, Sto. Domingo, Libon, Polangui, Guinobatan, Ligao, Oas, Jovellar, and Pioduran.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Jaime B. Chua's letter to the Senate Energy Committee
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Jaime B. Chua's letter to the Senate Energy Committee
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