PAL union calls for dismissal of erring prosecutor-A A +A
Sunday, August 18, 2013
WORKERS of Philippine Airlines (PAL) who were asked to fork P2.5 million in an extortion attempt by a prosecutor filed with the Department of Justice (DOJ) an administrative complaint last Friday.
The PAL Employees Association (Palea) charged Assistant Prosecutor Diosdado Solidum with grave misconduct and violation of code of conduct for prosecutors. The union asked the DOJ to place him under preventive suspension pending the resolution of the complaint.
Solidum allegedly demanded P10,000 each from 241 Palea members in exchange for the dismissal of the charges for disrupting airport services in protest of the massive job cuts in the flag carrier in September 2011.
This was later reduced to P1.2 million payable in installment.
Palea appealed with the DOJ after the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office found probable cause to charge them in court for allegedly violating Section 81 of the Civil Aviation Authority Act.
Complainant Gerry Rivera, who is also Palea president, said Solidum assured him in a meeting on July 29 that the charges will be dismissed if the union will pay the price of the resolution.
Rivera then reported the matter to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima who ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct an entrapment operation on August 8 at the vicinity of Spring Deer Restaurant along Timog Avenue in Quezon City.
Solidum was caught in the act of receiving the envelope containing the marked money.
He posted bail for his temporary liberty from cases filed by the Office of the Ombudsman before the Sandiganbayan last week. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)