Sep 22, 2020 @ 23:40

SC reprimands Palawan stenographer for tardiness, deems medical reasons a weak excuse

The Supreme Court (SC) has reprimanded Puerto Princesa City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 49 stenographer Ruby Tabio for habitual tardiness.

In a recent 3-page minute resolution, the SC 3rd Division sternly warned Tabio that a repetition of the similar acts “will warrant the imposition of a more severe penalty.”

The SC opted for the rather light penalty, because this was Tabio’s first offense in her 29 years of service.

The case arose from the March 26, 2016 report of the Employees’ Leave Division of the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA) which revealed that Tabio was tardy 17 times in July 2018 and 13 times in October 2018.

Tabio requested leniency and cited the pain she felt as a result of her laparotomy and appendectomy in May 2018.

The SC said her reasons were “insufficient to absolve her from administrative liability,” given the nature and functions of her office.

“This Court has indeed consistently held that moral obligations, performance of household chores, traffic problems and health, domestic and financial concerns are not sufficient reasons to excuse habitual tardiness,” read the minute resolution signed by Division Clerk of Court Misael Domingo Battung III. #

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