Acosta may stay

THE CIVIL Service Commission on Friday supported the right of Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Rueda Acosta and her deputies to stay in their post, saying they may not be removed except for cause.

Earlier, a Justice Department opinion dated Jan. 3 said the appointment Acosta and her deputies “are without merit” because “they do not possess the required [Career Executive Service] right to security of tenure even if it was expressly guaranteed to them by the [Public Attorney’s Office] law.”

The following day, Acosta and her deputies wrote to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima asking her to revoke the opinion given by Chief State Counsel Ricardo Paras III declaring them unfit for their positions of lacking Civil Service eligibility.

Executive Service board Executive Director Tonette Allones told a morning TV program said that because of their lack of qualification for their posts, Acosta and her deputies may be replaced by the President anytime.

But, quoting Civil Service Commission chief Cesar Buenaflor, Acosta said she and her deputies “cannot be removed anytime” except for cause.

“He told us too that we are not required to undergo the [Career Executive Service] examination anymore,” Acosta said after a meeting with Buenaflor.

She said Acosta said the commission called her to a meeting Friday afternoon following reports of the Justice Department’s opinion. The commission had the sole authority to decide on all Civil Service matters. Roy Pelovello and Rey E. Requejo

Source: Manila Standard Today


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