• 2 CHEd exec directors: Palace in a quandary

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    Malacañang said it would comply with the Court of Appeals’ (CA) order on the reinstatement of dismissed Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) executive Julito Vitriolo.

    CHEd however is still awaiting instructions from President Rodrigo Duterte on what to do with two officials holding the same position.

    “The Office of the President and the Commission on Higher Education will—of course—respect and abide by the decision and order of the Court of Appeals,” Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a statement.

    In an August 17 decision, the CA’s 12th Division dismissed the charges of gross neglect of duty, grave misconduct, incompetence and inefficiency lodged against Vitriolo by the Office of the Omubudsman.

    The appellate court ordered Vitriolo’s reinstatement without diminution of salary and benefits, noting that Ombudsman’s decision to dismiss him in January was “too harsh and disproportionate” to his offense.

    The Ombudsman had accused the CHEd executive director of acting with “gross negligence” for failing investigate “diploma mills” and for allowing the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila to issue transcripts of records and diplomas under a suspended education program.

    Vitriolo is said to “effectively replace” Karol Mark Yee, who was appointed to the post.

    Yee, who was the CHEd’s K-to-12 transition program head, said he was told to continue serving as executive director.

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