BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Five Capitol employees might be booted from government service if they are proven guilty for a night of libation using a government car beyond office hours.
Capitol’s chief lawyer Albert Nellas told DNX the five employees who are now under preventive suspension will face a pre-hearing conference on 29 September as part of the due process given them before penalties are imposed that could go up to dismissal from service with forfeiture of benefits and a lifetime ban from holding public office.
Governor Eugenio Jose ‘Bong’ Lacson had earlier adopted the recommendation of Nellas to preventively suspend the OPA employees for 60 days starting 23 August.
Nellas said four of the employees – Ramil Letran, German Abihay, Rezin Palacios and Maria Luisa Abano – submitted their position papers to tell their sides on the incident but Agricultural Engineering Division Head Jimbo Garsula chose to face a full-blown administrative hearing.
Garsula was also charged with two counts for grave misconduct for the alleged verbal maltreatment of fellow Capitol employee Mario Pequit.
He also said that the respondents have the option to get their own lawyers or to participate in the proceedings.