• Mayor dismissed for defying CSC order

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    THE Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal of Atimonan, Quezon Mayor Jose Mendoza from service for defying the Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) order to reinstate the municipal government’s driver.

    In a six-page decision, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales directed the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government to immediately implement the dismissal order.

    “[S]aid act cannot be countenanced without running afoul of the established rule of actions of government officials and employees. Respondent’s show of arrogance and persistent disregard of lawful orders of a constitutional body continued while serving anew as mayor of Atimonan.”

    The issue stemmed from Parin’s dismissal by Mendoza when he failed to remit a collection fee from a patient he drove to a hospital in Metro Manila.

    Parin sought Mendoza’s reconsideration but to no avail. He elevated the matter to the CSC, which ordered Mendoza to reinstate Parin and pay him back wages.

    It also issued a resolution in May 2013 granting Parin’s Motion for Execution but the same remained unexecuted until September 2014, the office said.

    Mendoza was surprised by the Ombudsman’s decision and penalties that he described as unjust.

    He said he felt that he was not given due process.

    Mendoza, a presiding judge for more than 20 years prior his time as the town’s mayor, said he should have been notified by the Ombudsman of the case that was lodged against. This would have afforded him the chance to defend himself and present his arguments.

    He is exploring legal remedies to re-assert his rights.

    Mendoza faces perpetual disqualification from holding public office, cancellation of eligibility, barred from taking the civil service examinations and forfeiture of retirement benefits.

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