Update on Davao exec who discriminated deaf teacher

After posting about the school official in Davao suspended for discriminating against deaf teacher, I tried to Google any new information regarding this infamous personality. Well, I dug up a lot more can of worms from this shrewd official. It seems that this person has done more dishonorable things aside from just discriminating a deaf teacher.

Ms. Florita Masing was permanently discharged as a Special Schools Principal of Davao City Integrated Special School. She, together with Jocelyn Tayactac, an office clerk of the same school were administratively charged before the Ombudsman for Mindanao by the parents of the students for allegedly collecting unauthorized fees and to account public funds.

The Ombudsman in Mindanao rendered a decision finding Masing and Tayactac guilty of gross misconduct and neglect of duty, for violating Republic Act 6713, the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

The two sought recourse with the Court of Appeals, which reversed the Ombudsman’s decision. The case was eventually elevated to the High Court, which held that respondents Masing and Tayactac were administratively charged for violation of RA 6713, for collecting unauthorized fees, failure to remit authorized fees, failure to account public funds, oppression and serious misconduct.

It also said that the authority of the Ombudsman to conduct administrative investigations “is beyond cavil,” and the exceptions are officials who can be removed only by impeachment. Masing was dismissed from the service, while Tayactac was found guilty of simple neglect of duty and was meted a six-month suspension.

For more about her shameful acts, visit the Manila Times Internet Edition and the Philippine Supreme Court Ruling dated January 2008.

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