The Civil Service Commission has ordered the dismissal of Dr. Henry Sojor, president of the Negros Oriental State University, from the service after he was found guilty of nepotism.
The decision was based on a complaint filed several years ago against Sojor for allegedly hiring the services of his half-sister, Estrella Sojor Mananquil, as a casual clerk of NORSU.
In its latest ruling promulgated February 1, the Civil Service Commission meted the penalty of dismissal from the service with all the accessory penalties of forfeiture of retirement benefits, disqualification from re-employment in the government service, cancellation of eligibility and barring him from taking any civil service examination.
When reached for comment, Sojor said he was in Ilagan, Isabela, and has neither read nor received a copy of the decision yet, some portions of which were aired over a local FM radio station Tuesday.
Sojor’s legal counsel, Saleto Erames, also said that while he has not seen it yet, his co-legal counsel, Mikhail Maxino, had informed him of the latest CSC ruling.
However, Erames said, it is not the end of the world yet for Sojor as there is due process to follow.
He said they will file a motion for reconsideration and if warranted, will also seek a judicial review by the Supreme Court.
In the meantime, Erames added, Sojor will continue to function as NORSU president, Erames added.
The decision was signed by Francisco Duque III, CSC chairman and Commissioner Mary Ann Fernandez Mendoza and attested by Dolores Bonifacio, director for commission secretariat and liaison office.*JFP
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