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May apela pa! Sandiganbayan clears Quezon mayor Alega of raps for firing employee

Apr 1, 2019 @ 19:57

The Sandiganbayan Special 2nd Division has acquitted San Francisco, Quezon Mayor Joselito Alega of disobedience for his refusal to obey a Civil Service Commission (CSC) order to reinstate a dismissed municipal employee.

The ant-graft court ruled that it was still too premature to charge Alega since the reinstatement of Noel Castillejo as social welfare development officer is still pending with the Court of Appeals (CA).

“There was still a pending Petition for Review with a request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction before the Court of Appeals,” the court explained.

The court cited that Alega even sent Castillejo a letter dated May 9, 2019 which informed the dimissed employee “he still cannot be reinstated because judicial courtesy dictates to await the ruling of the CA on the municipality’s pending petition before it.”

Castillejo was dismissed after being found guilty of grave misconduct, gross dishonesty, falsification of official documents, and gross dishonesty concerning complaints against him over the implementation of the municipality’s Cash Assistance Program which grants medical or financial assistance to the indigent members of the community.

Castillejo brought his dismissal case before the CSC which rendered a decision to lower his penalty after he was found guilty only of Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service.

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