By Artemio A. Dumlao
BAGUIO CITY (December 11, 2014) –The Abra Electric Cooperative holding its board of directors’ elections over the weekend is asking Energy chief Carlos Jerico Petilla to look into the alleged intervention of politicians in the supposedly independent exercise of the cooperative.
Abreco general manager Loreto Seares Jr. in an official request addressed to Sec. Petilla on December 10, has brought to the Department of Energy (DOE) the “high-handed intervention of Abra governor Eustaquio Bersamin” into the approaching BOD elections on December 13 and 14, which has even led to the withdrawal of one BOD bet “for fear of his life and family.”
Seares Jr. told Sec. Petilla that Gov. Bersamin, who is accordingly abroad at the moment, wired via overseas call Distric VIII BOD candidate from Tayum town Enrique “Ike” Alagao early Wednesday morning inquiring about his candidacy. The governor accordingly asked Mr. Alagao what he wanted inorder for him to withdraw.
Mr. Alagao however declined and reportedly told Gov. Bersamin that his commitment is with the people of Tayum he wanted to represent in the electric cooperative. He also reportedly told the province and provincial governor that he would not look good to his townmates and would appear that he was paid to withdraw. Their conversation over the telephone reportedly did not end well as Gov. Bersamin reportedly gave a veiled threat via a heavy tone.
Gov. Bersamin has time and again belied his “dipping fingers” into the affairs of the Abreco, whcih has been time and again experiencing financial difficulties leading to threats of power cut off by its power supplier Aboitiz Power Renewables Inc. (APRI).
Several hours after the said conversation with Gov. Bersamin, general manager Seares Jr. said, Alagao reportedly told his nephew Giancarlo Alagao, an Abreco employee, that he is withdrawing his candidacy. He also reportedly told his nephew about an earlier “delegation” of 8 barangay chairmen from Tayum town allegedly sent by Mayor Glen Eduarte, who is a son-in-law of Gov. Bersamin, convincing him not to run in the Abreco BOD.
“We are still trying our best to reach out to Mr. Alagao and pursue his candidacy,” Seares Jr. said, condemning the dirty tricks being employed into the affairs of the electric cooperative.
The other year’s BOD elections, even the Cordillera police was alarmed over the intervention of politicians and their reported “goons” into the supposedly independent cooperative exercise.
Seares Jr. said the “tricks” being employed by elective officials must be known to the DOE, hence the letter-request to Sec. Petilla.***Artemio A. Dumlao***