THE Court of Appeals has sustained an Ombudsman decision dismissing from the service an official of Camarines Norte’s Office of the Provincial Agriculturist and General Service Office in connection with the fertilizer fund scam. In an 11-page decision penned by Associate Justice Ma. Luisa Quijano-Padilla, the appellate court’s 13th Division denied for lack of merit the petition for review filed by General Service Officer Jose Rene Ruidera. Ruidera signed the purchase order for more than 7,000 bottles of Hexaplus liquid fertilizer with a unit cost of P700.08 amounting to P5 million. The same was approved by Governor Jesus Typoco Jr.