SC justices oppose ex-CJ Panganiban's plea for higher retirement benefits

February 11, 2013 11:04 pm 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo

MANILA, Feb. 11 — Some justices of the Supreme Court are vehemently opposing the request of former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban to receive higher retirement benefits.

This, after the former chief justice asked for the recognition of his appointment as legal consultant of the Board of National Education and Legal Counsel of the Secretary of Education from January 1962 until December 1965, as part of his government service.

The request is expected to be included in the agenda of the SC justices in their en banc session on Tuesday.

Panganiban has reached the 15-year requirement as provided for in Republic Act 9946 to be qualified to receive higher retirement benefits.

Atty. Eden Candelaria, deputy clerk of court and chief administrative officer of the SC, earlier denied the request of Panganiban on June 10, 2008 because a consultancy or contract service cannot be considered as government service in accordance with Executive Order 292.

Because of this, the total government service recognized for Panganiban was only 11 years, one month and 27 days which is equivalent to his tenure as chief justice of the SC. (PNA)

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