CA reverses CSC’s falsification ruling versus retired teacher

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The Court of Appeals (CA) has set aside the Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) March 2016 ruling finding a retired public school teacher guilty of falsifying documents for her Professional Board Examination for Teachers (PBET) ratings.

In a recent 10-page decision, the CA Special 11th Division said the CSC’s Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) office and the central office had no jurisdiction to impose sanctions on Bangued East Central School Master Teacher II Imelda Tubadeza.

This was because she already went on optional retirement in November 2014 when the anonymous complaint was sent to the CSC-CAR in January 2015, triggering the case.

“It is clear that, at the time the complaint was filed before the CSC, the Petitioner was no longer part of the civil service. Consequently, the CSC no longer has jurisdiction over her,” read the decision penned by Associate Justice Normandie Pizarro.

“Consequently, all acts that emanated from it in this case have no force and effect,” it added.

The CSC had meted out the penalty of dismissal against Tubadeza and ordered the forfeiture of her retirement benefits after finding her guilty of serious dishonesty, falsification of official documents and grave misconduct.

The sanction was based on the fact that the picture and signature for examinee Imelda Tubadeza attached in the seat plan for the November 1990 examination belonged to a different person.

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