Kidapawan lawyer insists there’s still time to appeal six-month suspension

Published March 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Malu Cadelina Manar 

KIDAPAWAN CITY – Lawyer Christoper Cabilen, secretary to the Sangguniang Panglungsod here, claimed he still had one week to appeal the six-month suspension imposed on him by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for allegedly committing simple neglect of duty, and simple discourtesy in 2016.

Cabilen said both cases were appealable and reviewable, thus, the CSC’s decision was not yet final and executory.

In 2016, Cabilen, who was then the city’s legal counsel, was charged with simple neglect of duty and simple discourtesy by two officials of the City Health Office (CHO).

The complainants were CHO head, Dr. Jocelyn Incienzo, and Virgie Ablang, the CHO’s chief nurse.

Records showed the simple negligence stemmed from Cabilen’s alleged refusal to conduct lectures at the City Health Office (CHO) on legal issues concerning the implementation of the ‘No Smoking’ policy in the city.

Cabilen argued the city had yet to pass an Anti-Smoking Ordinance “so there was not much to discuss with”.

Cabilen was also charged with simple discourtesy for allegedly calling ‘stupid’ or ‘idiot’ the two health officials when they apparently did not allow some College of Nursing students from a private school here to perform internship at the CHO.

At that time, Cabilen was the school’s legal counsel.

He said, in a statement, that as a fundamental and essential requirement of due process, the decision on the administrative cases pending before the CSC were still “appealable”.

“In the meantime, I intend to file a motion for reconsideration to stay the decision,” he stressed.

Cabilen clarified that there was no truth to some media reports that he was already serving his six-month suspension for committing such acts.

“I still have until March 13 to file my appeal. I am still doing my usual tasks at the city hall. I am not yet suspended. I still have other legal remedies to take,” he said.

Based on the CSC decision, Cabilen was supposed to serve his suspension starting in the last week of February, but was given 15 days to file an appeal.