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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, March 14, 2007
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CLO denies receiving
ruling on appointment

Bacolod City Legal Officer Allan Zamora said yesterday that both he and Mayor Evelio Leonardia have not received until now a copy of the Civil Service Commission resolution that supposedly invalidated his appointment.

Zamora wrote CSC Provincial Director Fernando Mendoza, who came to his office on Monday, but failed to meet him, informing Mendoza about his position regarding the CSC resolution dated Feb. 26, 2007. Mendoza, he said, went to City Hall to monitor the implementation of CSC Resolution No. 07-0365.

Zamora, however, told Mendoza in his March 12 letter that the machine copy of the resolution attached to his letter to Leonardia was not an official copy and not even a certified true copy.

"In effect, there is as yet no official and legal service of such CSC resolution," Zamora said. "As it stands now, as far as the Office of the City Mayor and the Office of the City Legal Officer are concerned, legally, there is no such CSC Resolution No. 07-0365," Zamora added.

He also told Mendoza that the CSC will be informed accordingly of whatever action the mayor will take once they receive the official copy of the resolution.

"We will file a motion for reconsideration immediately," Zamora said.

CSC Resolution No. 07-0365 dated Feb. 26, 2007 was issued, on the request of Sangguniang Panlungsod Secretary Nilo Alejandrino for the CSC to execute its resolution invalidating the approval of the appointment of Zamora.

The resolution also directed the mayor to implement CSC Resolution No. 061312 issued on August last year within five days from its receipt. Otherwise, it said, he may be held liable for conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service or neglect of duty or be cited for contempt.

But Zamora said that they already filed a petition for review before the Court of Appeals days after Resolution No. 061312 came out to take away the jurisdiction of the case from the CSC.*NLG

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