BONTOC, Mountain Province – An anti-corruption and anti-crime watch dog in the region is questioning the members of the Board of Trustees of the state-run Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) for allegedly reinstating a number of dismissed employees of the institution without the expressed consent of the Supreme Court (SC).
Salvador Liked, secretary of the Cordillera chapter of the Citizens Crime Watch (CCW-CAR), said that some of the dismissed employees brought to his attention the alleged questionable action of the MPSPC board in ordering the reinstatement of some of their fellow fired workers, including their alleged ring leader, when the same was not expressly provided in the ruling that junked the charges against a number of them aside from the fact that the board has no authority to render a legal opinion on a court ruling.
“We suggest that the MPSPC board reconsider its decision to reinstate the three dismissed workers and instead seek clarification before the Supreme Court whether or not the decision dismissing the case against them translate to their automatic reinstatement? Liked stressed.
The anti-corruption crusader revealed that he will bring the matter to the attention of MPSPC president Dr. Rexton Chakas, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner-in-Charge Lilian delas Llagas and members of the board for possible reconsideration of their supposed erroneous decision to reinstate the dismissed workers without sufficient legal basis.
Further, he also wrote Solicitor-General Jose Calida to render a legal opinion on the alleged questionable action of the board which he will use in whatever future legal action that will be undertaken to nullify the doubtful reinstatement of the dismissed workers.
Earlier, the SC dismissed the grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial charges that were filed against three of the twelve dismissed employees of the school but the decision did not expressly provide for their automatic reinstatement to the service.
However, the MPSPC board decided to unilaterally reinstate the three dismissed workers banking on a legal opinion rendered by the central office of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) which stated that it is up to the administration to decide whether or not to reinstate them.
Liked argued that the board does not have the power to interpret court decisions that is why the best action that should have been done by the board was to remand the same to the management to file the necessary motion with the SC to clarify whether the decision to dismiss their cases will translate to their outright reinstatement to the service.
He claimed that once the board will not take back its decision on the said issue, he will initiate the filing of the charges of grave abuse of authority against them before the Ombudsman for them to answer for their previous action that lacks the legal basis.
The CSC earlier ordered the dismissal of twelve employees of the institution after finding them guilty of alleged grave is conduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service for reportedly spearheading a failed siege on July 1, 2011 that sought the ouster of its former president.
The aggrieved workers appealed the CSC decision with the Court of Appeals (CA) and eventually the SC wherein the High Court rendered a decision dismissing the charges against the three reinstated workers while upholding the dismissal of some of those that were involved in the failed siege.
Liked revealed that it is unfortunate that one of those reinstated was the alleged ring leader of the Magnificent 12 and that every time their ring leader makes comments and remarks as if he is not hiding anything that he is purportedly righteous.
He asserted that the said individual has been allegedly inflicting harm to students and employees and that he has been doing anomalous acts on students funds, thus, there is a need to unmask his personality so that the people will know his true character.
Members of the MPSPC board could not be reached for comment on the matter as of press time.