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Troubled Maasin worker turns to SP

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By GLENDA SOLOGASTOA

ILOILO — An employee of the municipality of Maasin is seeking the Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s (SP) help in her case against Mayor Mariano Malones.

Elsa Maternal yesterday said Malones has not yet reinstated her as human resource management assistant despite an order from the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

Maternal said the mayor has “abolished” her position — thereby removing her from the post — in 2002.

But she questioned the move before the CSC.

That year, she filed before the Commission a complaint against Malones for “gross misconduct, grave abuse of authority, oppression, dishonesty [and] dereliction of duty/gross negligence.”

The CSC later ruled that Maternal cannot be summarily removed, as she was a regular government employee.

It then ordered Malones to reinstate Maternal. But until now, the employee said, the mayor has not complied.

In relation to Malones’ noncompliance with the order, Maternal said she filed a direct contempt of court case before the CSC against the mayor just this January.

But the CSC has not yet decided on it either, she lamented.

Maternal asked the SP’s help by furnishing the body a copy of her complaint on July 19.

The SP tackled the case only during its session yesterday when it sat as a quasi-judicial body.

It said it will send Malones a letter notice, asking the mayor to respond to Maternal’s complaint within 15 days.

Maternal asserted that she wanted to be reinstated so she can claim her back wages.

She insisted that she is a regular municipal government employee and that the abolition of her post was “injustice.”

Maternal described what Malones did to her as “political harassment.”

She said she and her brother were identified as supporters of the mayor’s political rivals./PN