(Part Three) More teachers in Bicol involved in money scandal exposed
By Elmer James Bandol
LEGAZPI CITY, 7Aug2013 – Due to lack of requirements, the Regional Administrative Officer and Legal Department of the Department of Education (DepEd) here, have expressed opinion that the letter-complaint of a lowly teacher, Lea E. Basquinas against Education Supervisor, Myrna Lynne Bueno, will be dismissed even the preliminary hearing is yet to be done.
Jose Bonto and DepEd lawyer Joseph Cabiles expressed the same opinion when faced with Basquinas, on July 31, 2013, who wrote a letter-complaint against Bueno for alleged falsification of her signature in the registration of the Albay Division Federation of Supreme Student Government (AFSSG) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Bonto told Basquinas in the presence of newsmen that the complaint was not duly notarized and without certification on forum shopping which, according to him, these are being prescribed under DepEd Order No. 49 under Administrative Procedure 1 &2.. “For me, there is no complainant, it is not a formal charge, not notarized as required”, Bonto said.
In the same vein, when lawyer Cabiles arrive, he also told the complainant that her letter was neither an administrative complaint and could not be acted upon. When asked by this writer as to the elements that will require a letter as complaint, Cabiles mentioned the same prescription cited by Bonto. It was explained to Basquinas, however, that their opinion will not prejudice the case if re-filed before them.
“The answer for my letter has been delayed, and might be delayed again, in refilling of the case” Basquinas lamented before newsmen. For Bueno’s side, she declined to answer the charges as she texted that her lawyer advised her not to comment on it before the media.
Cabiles took over the position of May M. Redoblado, former DepEd legal officer, who reportedly transferred employment with the Regional Trial Court following her statement that delay in acting complaints at the Dep Ed is but normal.
Basquinas wrote a letter addressed to DepEd Regional Director and Head of Albay Division, received Aptil 10, 2013, requesting to conduct full-dress investigation for possible criminal and administrative infractions committed by Bueno as Supervisor and acting as President of ADFSSG, Inc., a SEC registered organization supposedly run by students.
Acting on Basquinas’ letter, DepEd Regional Director Orfelina D. Tuy, penned her first endorsement dated April 14, 2013, referring the same to Albay Division Schools Superintendent, Bibiano I. Santillas, who is supposedly shall create an investigation committee approved by Tuy, to investigate Bueno.
Preliminary hearing on Basquinas complaint was set last July 31, 2013, but postponed because Antero S. Buiza, in-charge to conduct said hearing, was reportedly attending seminar. The same was set again on Aug. 7, 2013. [BicolToday.com]