Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi emphasized today that the preventive suspension of Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chair Jose Vicente Salazar is yet another example that there are no “sacred cows” in the Duterte administration.
While preventive in nature and not yet a penalty, the suspension of Salazar by the Office of the President should pave the way for an impartial and objective investigation of corruption allegations raised against him, said Cusi.
“As the President has said, tabla-tabla tayo when it comes to dealing with corruption allegations. Allergic ang Pangulo sa kurapsyon, so it’s not enough not to be tainted -- one must also be perceived to be clean,” said Cusi.
The Energy chief said he expects the Energy family to get past the issue stronger and more resolute in keeping its mandate to provide affordable and sustainable power to the general public.
“Corruption adds to the cost of everything. That being said, it is but proper that all allegations of wrongdoings are properly investigated. Tamaan na ang tatamaan,” said Cusi.
Nonetheless, Cusi said any and all investigations are also avenues for the accused to clear their names.
Cusi said the rule of law must always prevail and gave special mention to the equal protection of the law clause of the Constitution when it comes to facing criminal, civil or administrative charges.
“I expect fair treatment of all officers and workers in government,” said Cusi. “The suspension is a means to give way to a fair investigation of the issues being thrown at Chairman Salazar, " Cusi declared.