SC upholds suspension of CESB execs who promoted themselves

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The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the Office of the President’s (OP) suspension of three former members of the Career Executive Service Board (CESB) who signed a resolution for their own promotion.

In a recent 9-page decision, the SC 2nd Division affirmed the 2015 ruling of the Court of Appeals (CA) which sustained the OP’s 2013 order for the three-month suspension of Proceso Domingo, Angelito Twaño and Susan Solo and revocation of their Career Executive Service Officer (CESO) ranks.

The SC agreed with the CA that the OP correctly held the three liable for the administrative offense of simple negligence.

Former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointed the three to the CSEB for six-year terms in January 2010.

In June 2010, they signed Resolution Number 871 which appointed Twaño to the rank of CESO III, as well as Resolution Number 872, which upgraded the ranks of Domingo and Solo to CESO I and CESO III, from the previous ranks of CESO VI and CESO IV.

The three claimed they were unaware that they were benefiting themselves because the documents were lumped together with the appointments and rank adjustments of other government personnel.

The SC, however, noted that the three already “stepped out” of the CESB deliberations on their status before the documents were up for their signatures.

“Petitioners were aware of the possible conflict of interest that would arise in their participation in the CESB deliberations and should have, when presented with the Resolutions, been more circumspect in reviewing the same before affixing their signatures thereon. Failure to do so results in negligence in the performance oftheir functions,” read the decision penned by Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa.

The SC said the adjustment of their CESO ranks should be revoked because “petitioners’ act of signing the Resolutions recommending their own appointments is contrary to the ethical standards imposed on, and the due diligence demanded of public officers.”

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