Government workers troop to DBM

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Monday, July 14, 2014

STATE workers trooped to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) office in Manila on Monday not to collect bonuses but to protest the continued stay of Secretary Florencio Abad.

According to the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (Courage), they were there to present Abad with their "Notice of Dismissal" over his role in the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

An enlarged "Notice of Dismissal" and a permanent ban from holding any public office were among those presented at the gates of the DBM Monday morning.

"For culpable violation of the constitution, plunder, technical malversation, oppression, denying the benefits due to employees, union busting, putting a cap on our Collective Negotiations Agreement and many other crimes committed, Sec. Abad is hereby served this Notice of Dismissal from service with a permanent ban from holding any public office in the future," said Courage president Ferdinand Gaite.

"If the Aquino administration cannot hold his men and women accountable, the employees will," he added.

Last Friday, President Benigno Aquino III rejected Abad's resignation after the latter offered to resign on the heels of the Supreme Court declaration of DAP as being unconstitutional, saying accepting it would be tantamount to "assigning to him a wrong".

Abad is tagged as the architect of the DAP funds, which were allegedly used to bribe senators to impeach former Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Gaite said they disagree with Aquino in refusing to let go of Abad as he was guilty of misusing funds that would have benefited government workers, among others.

"Where is good faith in stealing the lowly paid employees' benefits and using the same for their patronage-driven releases?" asked Gaite.

He claimed that the funds from the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund were diverted to DAP by the Aquino administration that led to depriving hundreds of thousands of government employees of their legitimate benefits and the public of the projects and services they needed.

The labor leader also said that justice would have been served partially had Aquino accepted Abad’s resignation as this would prove that the president’s allies are not being given special treatments.

"If an employee is found to have committed the same offense, he or she is terminated from service at the onset," said Gaite. (HDT/Sunnex)

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