Updated 19:14 PM PHT Mon, November 21, 2016
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte advised commissioners of the Energy Regulatory Board (ERC) to resign, following the alleged suicide of a colleague over the supposed corruption in the regulatory body.
"I am demanding that they all resign," President Duterte said during a press briefing with the Philippine media delegation who accompanied him as he attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.
Special Assistant to the President Bong Go confirmed the President's directive on Monday, following the death of Bids and Awards Committee Chairman Atty. Francisco "Jun" Villa Jr. early this month.
The current commissioners of the ERC are Alfredo Non, Atty. Gloria Victoria Yap-Taruc, Atty. Josefina Patricia Asirit, and Geronimo Sta. Ana.
Duterte also ordered the immediate probe of ERC, adding there will be "no sacred cows" in the investigation. Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, however, said it is still unclear as to which body will hold the investigation.
ERC Chairman Jose Vicente Salazar said he is concerned with the allegations. Earlier, he also called for a probe and guaranteed a fair and impartial inquiry on the issue.
Salazar says he wants to meet with President Duterte to give him a "fuller picture" of the developments in ERC.— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) November 21, 2016
Salazar: Part of this is our request to COA to probe the allegations made by the late Director Jun Villa.— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) November 21, 2016
Villa allegedly committed suicide last November 9 supposedly due to corruption issues within the agency.
The spot report by the police said Villa was found dead on his bed on November 9. A .38 caliber revolver and suicide notes were found beside his lifeless body.
His younger sister, Charie Villa, provided the three sets of suicide notes to CNN Philippines. In one portion, Jun Villa wrote he fears about his work at the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC).
"I have fears about my BAC work. Our mistakes may bring on COA (Commission on Audit) observations and disallowances," the letter read.
Days before his death, Villa filed an application for early retirement, citing health reasons.