• CA affirms dismissal of CHR commissioner

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    THE Court of Appeals (CA) stood pat in its ruling affirming a decision of the Office of the Ombudsman sacking former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) commissioner Cecilia Rachel “Coco” V. Quisumbing for grave misconduct.

    The CA’s Former Special 6th Division in a resolution penned by Associate Justice Jane Aurora Lantion denied Quisumbing’s motion for reconsideration saying it saw no new arguments to reverse its earlier decision.

    The case stemmed from a complaint filed by Ma. Regina Eugenio, Elizabeth Diego-Buizon, Alexander Fernandez and Jesse Ayuste who were co-terminus employees of Quisumbing.

    Eugenio claimed that she and her officemates were always mistreated by Quisumbing.

    In her complaint before Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, Eugenio claimed that Quisumbing even made a script to serve as a guide on how to answer her questions to the whole office staff and that the former commissioner maintained several ghost employees.

    She also argued that she was promoted by Quisumbing with the condition that her salary increase differential will be given to the former commissioner.

    In its August 26, 2015 decision, the appeals court stated that the Ombudsman was right when it ruled against Quisumbing.

    “It is well-settled that findings of fact and conclusions by the Office of the Ombudsman are conclusive when supported by substantial evidence, as in the present petition. Thus, we find no reason to overturn the [Ombudsman’s] assailed decision,” the CA said.

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