Customs official willing to fight case

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Sunday, September 1, 2013


A BUREAU of Customs (BOC) official is ready to avail all legal remedies to stop the Civil Service Commission (CSC) from implementing its decision to void his appointment for being unqualified.

Lawyer Jonathan Rebong, counsel and brother of beleaguered BOC Chief of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) Richard Rebong, said they will seek the help of the Supreme Court to reverse the CSC ruling issued last year.

The Customs official is questioning the CSC ruling that dismissed his appeal and affirmed the decision issued by its field office, junking his appointment.

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In its ruling, CSC said that Rebong cannot hold the post because he lacks the required experience and training, and that his promotion violates the rules on the selection and promotion of government executives.

It also said that the appointment was “legally flawed” because he held a first level position as Agent 1 at the time of his designation.

It noted that Rebong did not also meet the 24 hours training in management and supervision, adding that even if he has attended trainings and seminars, these are not considered training in management and supervision.

Last week, the BOC official filed his motion for reconsideration with the CSC, he argued that he presented more than adequate evidence to establish compliance with the experience and training requirements that the commission should take into consideration.

Rebong added that Biazon even manifested before the commission that his experience as intelligence agent satisfied the management and the supervisory experience requirement to be promoted for his new post.

“In deciding to appoint Mr. Rebong as Intelligence Officer V, the appointing authority carefully reviewed the credentials and noted the management and supervisory experience and skills of Mr. Rebong,” according to the MR.

“The appointing authority is convinced that the appointee is the best person to help him institute the most needed reforms in the Bureau of Customs,” it added.

Rebong said that CSC erred in holding that his duties and responsibilities intelligence agent 1 have no “actual significant closeness and functional relation with the duties and responsibilities of the position of Intelligence Officer V.”

He said there is no requirement that the appointee has to have previous experience in the functions and duties of the appointed position.

“Indeed, this Honorable Commission exceeded its legal boundary when it imposed an additional qualification over and above what is prescribed under pertinent provisions of the law or the rules,” Rebong said.

Earlier, Biazon said that he is ready to implement the CSC ruling. (FP/Sunnex)

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