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DoJ rules PAO chief, deputies lack eligibility By Benjamin B. Pulta 01/07/2011

Friday, January 7, 2011

DoJ rules PAO chief, deputies lack eligibility

By Benjamin B. Pulta 01/07/2011

It seems the Aquino administration remains bent on a political cleansing at the judiciary after the top state lawyer and her deputies were recommended terminated for supposedly not being qualified for their posts for lacking CES (Career Executive Service) eligibility according to a ruling of the Department of Justice (DoJ).

The ruling places Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Rueda-Acosta at a tenuous position after Justice Secretary Leila de Lima confirmed the department has issued a legal opinion signed by Chief State Counsel Ricardo Paras III, voiding the appointment of Acosta and her deputies.

The opinion said it is “…..declaring the appointment of the Public Attorney’s Office chief and other top officials of PAO “are without merit” because “they do not possess the required CES (career executive service legilibility) right to security of tenure even if it was expressly guaranteed to them by the PAO law,” said the opinion. The PAO is an attached agency of the DoJ that provides indigent litigants free legal assistance..... MORE

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