THE Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol has not received any directive from the Civil Service Commission after the dismissal from the service of former Isabela acting municipal treasurer, Provincial Legal Officer Alberto Nellas Jr. said Thursday, June 8.

Nellas said if there is any directive from the CSC, they are ready to submit their comment.

He made the comment after Atty. Cesar Beloria revealed that he filed an appeal before the CSC on May 24, on behalf of her client Nenette Escarda, former Isabela acting treasurer, who was dismissed from government service for grave misconduct, serious dishonesty, and malversation of public funds.

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson had dismissed Escarda from the service for the unauthorized removal of P2,600,000 in cash and P3,800,000 in checks totaling P6.4 million from the Municipal Treasurer’s Office of Isabela in January, which she claimed were then stolen from her house.

Beloria said they opted not to file a motion for reconsideration before the Office of the Governor, as ultimately the case will be elevated to the CSC.

He said her client does not believe the penalty meted by the governor is commensurate to what happened although there was an admission that some money had been lost.

They filed the appeal before the 15 days lapsed for the dismissal order to become final, he said.

Meanwhile, Nellas said so far no criminal case yet has been filed against Escarda and that the municipal government is still preparing the charges.

His office he said will assist in the filing of the criminal charges.*