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Santo Domingo.- Prominent attorney Namphi Rodriguez warned Tuesday that the so-called "hidden contract" to build two coal-fired power plants violates the Constitution and the Public Procurement Law, because it was an attempt to turn a power of attorney from president Danilo Medina into an authorization, ignoring the principles of transparency, objectivity, equality and publicity.

The specialist in constitutional law said a "typical concession contract" was awarded through the procedure without complying with the procedure to call for tenders.

Rodriguez said the contract could unleash unpredictable consequences because it jeopardizes the country´s interests, such as the clause which says the State must acquire the plants if they result unprofitable for investors.

The attorney said the contract should’ve been submitted to Congress because it´s legally a public tender, by which the State grants agrees to buy 600 megawatts of power from the concessionaire with taxpayer’s´ money, which consumers end up paying.

"It´s a serious act of unconstitutionality and illegality which requires consequences for those who have exceeded their powers because it has violated the Constitution and compromised the figure of the President," the attorney said.

The State-owned electric utility (CEDEE) had used a power of attorney from the president to contract Pinegy Commercial Group to build the proposed plants at Punta Catalina, Bani (south), at a cost of US$2.0 billion.

Rodriguez added that the "vile process" violated administrative guidelines and constitutional legality to benefit a “dubious” enterprise. "The threshold of institutionalism was passed and there was abuse and misuse of power here."

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3 comment(s)
Written by: ciber, 13 Jan 2016 8:33 AM
From: United States
Now starts the Dance of the Billionares. Money for Coal. Money to change coal to natural gas. Money for one more coal plant. Money to change that one more to coal. The party will never stop This is an electric Ponzi scam.
Written by: guillermone, 13 Jan 2016 10:14 AM
From: United States, Bring Back DT Forum

So this "prominent attorney Namphi Rodriguez warns about the so-called "hidden contract" to build two coal-fired power plants violates the Constitution and the Public Procurement law..., ignoring the principles of transparency, objectivity, equality and publicity." what happens now? Is it going to make a difference? Does it go on deaf ears? Who is going to take action to reverse consequences to the state? What is the point of screaming and yelling if nothing will be done?

No one at this point in time is building coal fire plants. Its dinosaur technology. The present day trend is geared towards renewable and alternative energy. In other words electricity produced from the wind, sun, trash and other recyclables. Who ever came up with the idea of using coal to solve the energy crisis in the DR was either ill advised or from the start had nothing but malicious intent.

How shameful and what a disgrace to see our politicians continue with their brazen lack of ethics
Written by: ciber, 14 Jan 2016 9:05 AM
From: United States
The intent came when the international comunity said it would pay to eliminate coal fired plants. The next week after that announcement they said they would build coal Plants here. The whole idea was a scam.
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