’I have no choice but to follow the law’

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Actress-politician Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto said that she will abide by the rules of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in connection with the dismissal of her provincial administrator for allegedly faking his career service eligibility result.

“As a public servant myself, I will respect whatever the CSC decides on with regards to the case of Mayor Vic Reyes” Recto said

Recto’s comment came about after the CSC ordered the dismissal of Batangas provincial administrator Reyes for a spurious statement on his Personal Data Sheet.

In a 12-page CSC decision dated June 25, 2013, Reyes was found guilty of Serious Dishonesty, Grave Misconduct, Falsification of Official Documents and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service.


Recto, however, said that she respects due process and will wait for the final decision as Reyes filed a motion for reconsideration on his case.

“Let’s wait for the final decision, once CSC finds Mayor Vic guilty, then so be it, I don’t have any choice but to follow the law. I will abide by the final order,” Recto explained.

According to CSC decision, Reyes falsified his Personal Data Sheet or PDS after indicating that he obtained an 83-percent grade in the December 10, 2004 Career Service Professional examination conducted at National Capital Region (CSC-NCR), Kaliraya Street Quezon City.

However, after a verification at Integrated Records Management Office of CSC, investigators found that there was no civil service examination conducted in any regional offices on December 10, 2004.

In his defense, Reyes insisted that he acted on good faith in submitting his civil service professional eligibility result which was he said was mailed to him by the commission.

Reyes also claimed that his service eligibility should not be in question because it is not a requirement in an appointive position like the provincial administrator.

However, CSC maintained that their evidences were sufficient enough to prove that Reyes faked his eligibility result, a clear violation on the Civil Service Law.

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