By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.
SORSOGON CITY, 24June 2013 (BicolToday.com)- The decision of Sorsogon City Mayor Leovic Dioneda dismissing from the service former Permits and Licensing Section chief Jose Pura Jr. was affirmed by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) when it promulgated late May this year Decision No. 13-0546 finding the respondent guilty of serious dishonesty, receiving for personal use for a fee, gift or other valuable things in the course of official duties and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.
The dismissal order carries all accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification from holding public office and bar from taking civil service examination.
The appeal of Pura through counsel was not given weight by the commission giving substance to the legitimacy of the proceedings conducted by the investigating committee created by the city mayor following the revelation of Councilor Victorino Daria III in his privilege speech on October 2011 alleging that Pura willfully and knowingly dispensed 230 Municipal Tricycle Operators Permits without the authority of the Sanggunian and the release of tricycle franchises was in exchange of a certain amount of money solicited by Pura to unknowing operators.
The complaint-affidavit of Daria alleges that respondent offered him 30,000 pesos as bribe money when it learned that the subject matter of his privilege speech is the unauthorized release of MTOP. The bribery attempt is to silence the east district councilor in taking the issue at the council plenary.
For dishonesty, the commission noted that a public servant must exhibit at all times the highest sence of honesty and integrity citing RA 6713, the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees saying that Pura failed to observed it.
In the instant of receiving for personal use of a fee, gift or other valuables things in the course of official duties, the commission noted that there was transfer of money from the agents to the hand of respondent official.
Pura was found to have disregarded the office standard procedure in the issuance of MTOP’s, his inordinate interest for its issuance and it was issued even without the corresponding franchise grant from the Sangguniang Panlungsod which is requisite.
Citing Section 5, Rule 1343, Rules of Court, the Commission said, though the complainant has the burden of proving, by substantial evidence the allegations in the complaint. Substantial evidence is that amount of relevant evidence which a reasonable ming might accept as adequate to justify a conclusion, thus it agrees with the conclusion of the hearing committee which was also adopted by the fdisciplining authority imposing Pura’s dismissal from the service.
With the aggravating circumstance, the Civil Service Commission gave Pura a scant consideration it applied Section 46 of the Revised Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service (RRACCS), and Section 50, Rule X of the said RRACCS that carries the most serious charge. [BicolToday.com]