The Office of the Ombudsman has set aside an earlier ruling against former Escalante City acting mayor Santiago Maravillas and dismissed the case lodged against him for lack of administrative jurisdiction.
The Ombudsman, in an order last year, found Maravillas guilty of simple misconduct and meted the penalty of three months suspension without pay.
The order also said that in the event that the order can nolongerbe enforced due to the respondent's separation from the service, the penalty should be converted into a fine in the amount equivalent to his salary for three months.
Maravillas, who filed a motion for reconsideration, said he could not be held administratively liable for terminating the services of the complainantRolynCabus since he did it in accordance with the law and in the interest of the service.
As the acting mayor he became the appointing authority thus he could rightfully order the termination of unnecessary confidential employees on the ground of loss of confidence, Maravillas said .
He also pointed out that he could not be suspended since his term as vice mayor of Escalante expired on June 30, 2016.
The Ombudsman in setting aside the earlier decision said since Maravillas term of office ended on June 30, 2016, before the complaint was received on Aug. 5, 2016, it is already divested of its administrative jurisdiction over the respondent.*CPG
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