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Friday, June 24, 2005

Zambales consumers want P55.9M power execs spent

CASTILLEJOS, Zambales-Leaders of 40,000 consumers in Zambales have urged the Ombudsman and the Court of Appeals to immediately act on cases related to the recovery of P55.9 million in electric cooperative funds that have been allegedly misused by its officials since 1989.

The order to officials of the Zambales Electric Cooperative (Zameco) II to "immediately reimburse" the funds was contained in a Nov. 24, 2004 resolution issued by the National Electrification Administration's board of administrators.
The board issued that decision in the complaint filed by the Castillejos Consumers Association (Cascona) in 2002.

The board also ordered the removal of Zameco II officials and their disqualification from seeking office. It also ordered an election for a new set of officials.
But Zameco II president Jose Dominguez, vice president Isaias Vidua, secretary Vicente Barreto, treasurer Jose Santiago and members Jose Naseriv Dolojan, Juan Fernandez and Honorio Dilag Jr. questioned the resolution and their removal.

The CA's 7th division issued NEA a temporary restraining order in February and a preliminary injunction in April. Cascona has sought a lifting of the injunction.
"We want to claim the money the NEA audit department ordered returned to the cooperative," Dominador Gallardo, Cascona president, told the Inquirer.

While the NEA board of administrators upheld the findings of the two audits by the NEA audit department, top NEA and Zameco II officials did "not take remedial measures" to correct and stop the alleged irregularities, Gallardo said.


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