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SC dismisses case vs ex-SBMA exec after almost 10 years

FILE PHOTO: The Supreme Court docket emblem. (INQUIRER/LYN RILLON)

MANILA, Philippines — The First Division of the Supreme Court docket declared as invalid the 90-day suspension slapped towards Stefani Saño, former Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority official, almost a decade in the past.

Saño, former SBMA Senior Deputy Administrator for Enterprise and Funding, was suspended by former chairman Roberto V. Garcia after he was dragged into the questionable cargo of 420,000 baggage of Indian rice again in April 2012.

Saño appealed his 90-day suspension earlier than the excessive courtroom claiming he was denied due course of. He asserted there was no preliminary investigation carried out by the SBMA previous to his suspension.

The SC First Division later gave benefit to Saño’s argument, saying that the order of suspension was issued with out complying with the necessities and processes laid down beneath the Revised Guidelines on Administrative Instances within the Civil Service (RRACCS).

The Court docket additionally dominated that “the questioned 90-day preventive suspension lapsed with out an injunctive reduction from a courtroom of legislation… the difficulty of the propriety of the preventive suspension remains to be a justiciable difficulty,” thereby granting the previous SBMA official to again pay.

“The fee of again salaries owed to Stefani C. Saño shall be both within the type of go away credit, if he’s nonetheless lively in authorities service, OR go away credit monetized on the present price for the place he previously occupied, at his possibility,” the courtroom dominated.

Saño was glad that the case has lastly been resolved.

“The favorable choice of the Supreme Court docket brings pleasure not solely to me but additionally to my household, colleagues and associates who all suffered due to the unjust and atrocious remedy I obtained from sure officers of a earlier administration of the SBMA. All of us really feel relieved with this vindication,” Saño stated in a press release.

“The emphasis is on due course of. It is a constitutional proper which can’t be violated by anybody.”


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