SC sacks Aurora legal researcher for absenteeism
The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed a legal researcher of the Baler, Aurora, Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 91 for his habitual absenteeism.
In a recent 5-page en banc decision, the SC dismissed Rabindranath Tuzon “with prejudice to re-employment in any government branch or instrumentality, including government-owned or-controlled corporations.” It also forfeited his retirement benefits.
The SC cited the report of the Office of the Court Administrator’s (OCA) Leave Division, which found Tuzon had incurred 32 days of unauthorized absences in just the 5-month period of June to November 2013.
“To inspire public respect for the justice system, court officials and employees are at all times behooved to strictly observe official time. As punctuality is a virtue, absenteeism and tardiness are impermissible,” the decision read.
The SC found no reason to be lenient because Tuzon was already reprimanded in an August 2014 resolution for habitual absenteeism.
He was also suspended for 6 months in an October 2014 decision for grave misconduct over his failure to issue receipts for the payment of settlement money before the court.
The SC in June 2016 officially dropped Tuzon from the rolls effective March 1, 2014 for having gone absent without official leave (AWOL).