Immediate suspension of Neri may preempt court decision, due process — Palace

September 10, 2009 9:36 am 

MANILA, Sept. 10 — An immediate suspension of Social Security System (SSS) president Romulo L. Neri may preempt any decision of the court which is still in the process of hearing his case.

Presidential spokesperson Anthony Golez stressed this Thursday, while noting that a motion for reconsideration has been filed against the Ombudsman’s decision to suspend the SSS chief who is at the center of the NBN-ZTE broadband project controversy.

“As far as we are concerned, we have been furnished with the copy of the motion for reconsideration by lawyers of Neri. The decision is not yet final,” he said.

Golez said the motion for reconsideration shows due process will prevail and gives Neri an appropriate venue to defend himself which is the right of any Filipino citizen.

Even as the Office of the President is being questioned for not immediately implementing the Ombudsman decision, concerns have been raised on the impact of an abrupt suspension of Neri on SSS’s operations.

Amid these concerns, the government is confident of having protected the pension fund of workers in the private sector. As of the first half of the year, the fund’s net revenue stood at P16.75 billion, which is 14 percent higher than target.

The improvement in SSS’s financial status happened in spite of the appointment of three presidents since the start of the Arroyo administration in 2001. (PNA)

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