Atta Girl, This Zeny

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By Max Sangil

For the Record

Sunday, January 26, 2014


MOST people coming from Lubao town don't just give up a fight. Zeny Ducut hails from that town.

Lubao is the town of the Macapagals, Pinedas,Dimsons,Danans,Paules,Macaspacs, Lingads,Bernals, Beltrans and many other illustrious surnames. They represented the true grit of a Kapampangan. They never give up a fight.

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These recent weeks, Ducut was bedeviled by calls from some members of the House of Representatives and other sectors to step down as chairperson of the Energy Regulatory Commission.

As if I heard her say. 'No way, ano kayo sineswerte'. Atta girl.

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I found something illogical if not funny the lead paragraph of a news item saying ' President Benigno Aquino III will not force Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chief Zenaida Ducut to vacate her post'.
We are not under a martial law regime. Aquino cannot force Ducut to resign. It is up to her. She can be removed though if President Noy and Butch Abad will team up again and order congressmen to file an impeachment vs. Ducut. And of course Abad should come up again with a new version of Development Acceleration Program (DAP) for some senators.

If the palace can do that to the highest magistrate of the land, 'sisiw lang si Zeny'.

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It might be recalled that Ducut was accused of gross neglect of duty for not looking after the interests of consumers. She approved an unreasonable hike requested by Meralco which resulted to several complaints. Was she really a part of a collusion? In the senate investigation, there was no solid finding, only surmises.

Don't imagine lobby money changing hands. No one can prove that, though how many times I have heard from coffee shops' analysts that power firm owners have stand-by funds for such purposes.

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Zeny Ducut is one of the few apointees of former President and now Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo still in government. From an unknown practicing lawyer in Pampanga, she became a town councilor when now Governor Lilia 'Nanay Baby' Pineda was mayor of Lubao.

She was pitted against then incumbent Congressman Emy Lingad in the second congressional district, and with the backing of the Pinedas, she won handily. She served three terms. For a time she was out of work. In few instances I met her in the lobby of Batasang Pambansa and saw her intimately talking with her former colleagues in congress.

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Could she be lobbying for projects that were coursed through Janet Napoles' fictitious foundations? Her name was link to the Napoles' pork barrel scam. Her involvement has to be proven yet, and that's another story.

Maybe my friend former Pampanga provincial Board Member Clayton Olalia would know. 'Sanggang dikit sila ni Zeny.’

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Talking about people from Lubao, I wish to congratulate my bosom friend Ferdie Beltran who with much help from wife Ester achieved what most aspiring persons dream of. Ferdie has several successful companies, aside from his construction firm Ferdstar. He acquired recently Kings Royale hotel from the Caluags. Despite their success, Ferdie and Ester remain nice and humble. That's according to their employees.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 27, 2014.

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