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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, February 6, 2016
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NEA upholds with finality
Gasambelo disqualification

The National Electrification Administration denied with finality the motion for reconsideration filed by Central Negros Electric Cooperative director Edward Gasambelo seeking the reversal of the NEA order dated July 6, 2015 on the disqualification case filed against him.

Gasambelo was disqualified by the NEA as Ceneco director representing District 4 for failing to qualify as a member in good standing when he ran for reelection last April 2014.

The disqualification case was filed by former Ceneco director Roy Cordova against Gasambelo before the Ceneco screening committee for his failure to return a laptop and radio receiver issued by Ceneco and because of alleged unliquidated cash advances based on audit findings.

In his motion for reconsideration, Gasambelo claimed that he was deprived of due process, that there is no legal basis to declare that he is not a member in good standing of the cooperative, and that there is no valid basis to reverse the findings of the screening committee.

He also said NEA acted inappropriately and with manifest bias against him in issuing the assailed order.

NEA administrator Edita Bueno , in her order dated January 12, said they find the subject motion for reconsideration devoid of merit.

The order said there is no denial of due process because Gasambelo had fully participated in the proceedings from the start. Furthermore, the issues presented before NEA are still the same issues that were addressed in the assailed order. 

The order also said “The delayed submission of the fact-finding report is justified by the fact that this office has to validate all the factual issues raised. Nevertheless, Gasambelo was fully informed of the nature of the case.”

Furthermore, as long as the parties are given the opportunity to be heard, there is no violation of due process, the order said.

NEA finds that Gasambelo has not adduced any new arguments for the reversal of the assailed order, it added.

Meanwhile, Gasambelo said he has not yet received a copy of the order. Once he receives it, he will refer the matter to his lawyer. 

Ceneco president Arnel Lapore, on the other hand, said they have no more control over the case. But they will just wait for any directive from the competent tribunal if Gasambelo decides to take any action, he said.

They will also take care of District IV that was represented by Gasambelo, Lapore added. 

  District 4 covers northern Bacolod comprising the areas of Barangays Mansilingan, Granada, Vista Alegre, Estefania and Alangilan.*CGS




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