'Bishop Baylon, why have you forsaken us?' Albay consumers group asks
|Bishop Joel Baylon|
The letter is an administrative complaint against the bishop, who, in his capacity as chairman of the Interim Board of Directors (IBOD), signed the concession contract, according to Reynoso.
“The concession agreement is illegitimate as it violates six (6) conditions of the Terms of Reference for the bidding,” the letter to CBCP President Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas reads.
“There was only one bidder, San Miguel Corporation, yet the Interim Board of Directors (headed by Bishop Baylon) and NEA insist that the process was valid,” it further states.
The complaint ends by saying “Bishop Joel Z. Baylon committed a grave offense to his flock. For doing so, he has lost our respect and trust. We entreat the Pope to consider reassigning him somewhere else. May God forgive him for betraying us!”
Along with Baylon, the group says that the National Electrification Administration (NEA), the Department of Energy (DOE) and local officials may be involved in the issue.
Their next concern, the group explained in a statement, is to figure out how to make APEC answerable to the damages that the cooperative and the member-consumers suffered.
The group reiterates its “No payment to APEC” appeal as well as its recommendation to boycott products made by San Miguel Corporation, which owns SMC Global Corporation Power Holdings.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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