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|Secretary of the Philippine Department of Energy|
November 5, 2012 – April 30, 2015
|President||Benigno Aquino III|
|Preceded by||Jose Rene Almendras|
|Succeeded by||Zenaida Monsada|
|Governor of Leyte|
June 30, 2004 – November 4, 2012
|Preceded by||Remedios Petilla|
|Succeeded by||Ma. Mimietta S. Bagulaya|
|Political party||Liberal (2012-present) |
Lakas-CMD/Lakas Kampi CMD (2007–2010)
|Spouse(s)||Frances Ann Regis Basilio|
|Alma mater||Ateneo de Manila University|
Carlos Jericho "Icot" Loreto Petilla is a Filipino politician. He ran as Senator of the Philippines under Liberal Party (LP) during 2016 General Elections in the Philippines. He is also a former Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE) of the Philippines. He has served as the Governor of the Province of Leyte from 2004 to 2012 before joining the cabinet of President Benigno Aquino III.
Petilla finished his Bachelor of Science in Management Engineering at the Ateneo. He also attended the same school during his high school days. After finishing college, Petilla became a college instructor and taught Computer Programming subjects in Ateneo de Manila University for five years. He also became an IT consultant to various multinational companies.
His business interests included the International Data Conversion Solution Inc. based in Mandaluyong City and Accudata, Inc. based in Tacloban City where he is both President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He is likewise the part owner and consultant of Direct Data Capture with business offices in United Kingdom and New York and Datahold in London, UK.
During the 2004 election campaign, he divested his shares in his private investments to make a run as a governor of Leyte, even challenging a more popular bet in the person of three-term Representative and now Presidential Legal Adviser Sergio Apostol. He won during that year's election.
His first 100 days of office saw the drafting of the implementing Rules and Regulations of the Leyte Province Investment Code of 2004. The code aims to encourage investors to locate in Leyte with the salient feature of getting a 100% real property tax holiday for 5 years.
Petilla also supported The Philippine Economic Zone Authority in approving the application of the Province of Leyte to convert the 6.9 hectares lot at Barangay Pawing, Palo, Leyte, where the developed and ready for operation Leyte Academic Center is located, into the Leyte Information Communication Technology Park.
Petilla accepted the nomination of the ruling Lakas-CMD party as one of its candidates for Senator under the Team Unity umbrella in the May 14, 2007 Philippine midterm elections. However, only days after he filed his candidacy for the Senate, he withdrew his name from the list of Team Unity candidates, with Boholano actor Cesar Montano acting as his replacement in the slate.
In June 2015, he stepped down as DOE secretary to prepare for his senatorial bid. He ran for Senator under the Daang Matuwid Coalition led by Liberal Party (LP). His senatorial campaign centers on his three major advocacies: Energy, Education and Health. He failed to win a Senate seat, placing 18th out of 50 candidates, with around 6.3 million votes.
Petilla is the son of former Leyte Governors Leopoldo E. Petilla (1992–1995) and Remedios "Matin" Petilla (1995–2004). He is married to Frances Ann Regis Basilio of Cebu and they have five children. His brother, Leopoldo Dominico "Mic" Petilla, is an incumbent Governor of Leyte since 2013.
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- "How politics is killing Tacloban". Manila Standard Today. January 17, 2010. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
- "Official Website of the Provincial Government of Leyte". Leyte.org.ph. Archived from the original on September 7, 2007. Retrieved February 9, 2010.