PROVINCIAL Legal Officer lawyer Alberto Nellas Jr. confirmed Thursday, October 21, 2021, the reinstatement of lawyer Annabelle Palic as part of the transition team assigned at the Negros First Cyber Centre.
This development came after Palic’s 60-day preventive suspension lapsed on October 4, Nellas said.
He stressed, however, that the cases against Palic will proceed into a full-blown investigation.
Palic, former head of the Provincial Human Resource and Management Office, is facing administrative charges for oppression, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, grave misconduct, and for being notoriously undesirable filed by the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (Pace).
Pace filed their complaints on July 6, Capitol records showed.
Before the filing of the case, Pace’s Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution, which is also supplemented by the petition signed by 694 employees of the provincial government.
The complaint stemmed from accusations against Palic of some aggrieved Capitol employees, including those who already retired from government service.
Nellas said the hearing against Palic will take some time as there are about 15 witnesses that are set to be presented by the prosecution.
So far, only one has been presented, he said.