Lotilla Energy Secretary Raphael Perpetuo Lotilla

Lotilla appointment valid — DOJ

July 14, 2022 Hector Lawas 364 views

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday said there is no legal impediment to the appointment of Raphael Perpetuo Lotilla as Energy Secretary of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

In a statement released thru Atty. Mico Clavano of the Office of the Secretary, the DOJ said:

“Today, the Department of Justice released it’s official opinion on the validity of Mr. Raphael Lotilla’s nomination as DOE Secretary. The position of the department is that the appointment should be valid given that an independent director does NOT fall within those prohibited by the Department of Energy Act of 1992.”

Lotilla is the current independent director of Aboitiz Power, a holding company engaged in power distribution, generation, and retail electricity services, and Enexor, a publicly-listed company engaging in the business of oil and gas exploration and production, both domestically and internationally.

Under Section 8 of Republic Act No. 7638 (An Act Creating the Department of Energy) “No officer, external auditor, accountant, or legal counsel of any private company or enterprise primarily engaged in the energy industry shall be eligible for appointment as Secretary within two years from his retirement, resignation, or separation therefrom.”

Lotilla was also a former Deputy Director General of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda). A law professor in the University of the Philippines, Lotilla received his Masters of Laws from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Lotilla is among the four candidates being eyed to replace Alfonso Cusi. The other names are former Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chairperson Agnes Devanadera, former congressman Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo, Sagip party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta, and Energy Undersecretary Benito Ranque.

Lotilla is highly knowledgeable about the energy sector as he also served as president of the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) Corporation, and chairman of Philippine National Oil Co.