THE Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed the chief security of the Court of Appeals and another CA employee was suspended for making insertions in a computer-generated liquidation report, which resulted in padding of expenses during an excursion in 2011.
In a 20-page decision signed by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, the full court found CA’s Chief Security Reynaldo Dianco guilty of serious dishonesty and grave misconduct as the tribunal “dismissed him from the service, with the accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefit and perpetual disqualification for reemployment in the government service.”
The SC also found Security Guard 3 Joven Sorianosos guilty of serious dishonesty and simple misconduct as he was suspended for nine months without pay.
They were also warned that a repetition of the same or similar acts will warrant a more severe penalty.
On March 19, 2011, Dianco together with other members of the CA Security Group went on an excursion at the Village East Clubhouse in Cainta, Rizal.
Sorianosos was assigned to head the Money Collection and Budget and Games Committee.
During the planning and in the morning of the actual activity, Justice Normandie Pizzaro reminded the respondents to monitor the use of the funds as he informed them of the subdivision’s policy prohibiting the drinking of alcoholic beverages in the premises.
Records, however, showed that Dianco and Sorianosos violated the prohibition on the consumption of alcohol, while there were also irregularities in the use of the funds.
In particular, the food concessionaire’s initial computation only amounted to P16,850.00, but the amount indicated in the bill suspiciously increased to P21,840.00 when the receipt was subsequently issued.
During preliminary investigation, Dianco expressed the possibility that he might have authorized the concessionaire to change the billed amount but cannot remember what transpired as he was already drunk.
The two admitted that they violated the policy against drinking of alcoholic beverages.
Sorianosos, on the other hand, claimed that he made written insertions in the computer-generated liquidation report pursuant to the instructions of and under pressure from Dianco.
In its June 16, 2015 ruling that was released to the media just recently, the High Court reminded the respondents that “the Constitution mandates that a public office is a public trust and public officers must at all times be accountable to the people[.]”
“We stress that Republic Act 6713, otherwise known as The Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, enunciates, inter alia, the state policy of promoting a high standard of ethics and utmost responsibility in the public service,” the ruling pointed out.
By their actuations, the SC said, “the respondents failed to live up to this standard.”