SC fires electrician for taking illegal drugs

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Friday, December 20, 2013

AN ELECTRICIAN working for the Supreme Court (SC) lost his job after he tested positive for illegal drugs.

Found guilty of grave misconduct for using methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) was Reynard Castor, who was assigned at the maintenance division of the Office of Administrative Services (OAS).

The Court forfeited Castor’s benefits except for accrued leave credits and he may not be hired again by any government agency including state corporations.

Records show Castor had been filing sick leaves without any medical certificate. He then consulted Dr. Prudencio Banzon Jr. of the SC Medical and Dental Services last March for on-and-off dizziness.

Castor was advised to see a pulmonologist and undergo a chest X-ray examination. The pulmonologist, however, found him fit for work.

Banzon said he met Castor again on April 25 where he was forced to take a drug test at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). He tested positive for the prohibited substance.

This led Banzon to surmise that Castor’s absences were not due to a certain illness. The doctor’s report was used by the OAS to pursue an administrative complaint against the electrician.

In his reply dated July 9, Castor admitted that he took illegal drugs because of emotional and financial problems in his family. He even thought of committing suicide.

Castor apologized for his misbehavior and asked for a fresh start at work. The Court refused.

“By indulging in the use of illegal drugs, he committed conduct unbecoming of court personnel, which tarnished the very image and integrity of the judiciary,” the SC said.

The SC also reminded court personnel to be “above suspicion” so as to earn and keep the respect of the public for the judiciary.

“The Court would never countenance any conduct, act or omission on the part of all those in the administration of justice, which will violate the norm of public accountability and diminish or even just tend to diminish the faith of the people in the judiciary,” it said. (Sunnex)

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