• SC affirms dismissal of jail officer over escape

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    THE Supreme Court (SC) dismissed from the service a jail officer for facilitating the escape of a prisoner from a detention facility.

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    In a full court ruling, the tribunal denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Senior Jail Officer II Arlic Almojuela assailing its April 2, 2013 decision.

    “Respondent [Almojuela] is found guilty of gross misconduct and gross neglect of duty, and his hereby dismissed from the service,” the decision, signed by clerk of court Enriqueta Vidal, states.

    Records showed that Almojuela consented to the escape of prisoner Tony Lao from the jail compound where he was assigned.

    The SC said his case involves a willful violation of his duty as jail officer to oversee the jail compound’s security.

    But Almojuela argued that he was not given due process when the Civil Service Commission (CSC) found him guilty of the offense. His case reached the courts.

    The Court of Appeals had downgraded Almojuela’s case to simple misconduct which was turned down by the high court.

    “We do not find merit in Almojuela’s contention . . . Thus, it cannot be said that [he]was deprived of an opportunity to refute the charge against him.”

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