De Lima, Acosta hold meeting on legal opinion vs. PAO officials

January 12, 2011 12:52 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 11 – Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima held a meeting on Tuesday with Public Attorney's Office (PAO) chief Atty. Persida Rueda-Acosta in connection with the legal opinion issued by the DOJ removing the PAO officials from their present posts.

The PAO is an attached agency of the DOJ.

Acosta, together with the PAO regional public attorneys, met De Lima in her office.

The PAO officials were the subject of the legal opinion issued by the DOJ for their lack of Career Executive Service Officer (CESO) eligibility.

They also submitted to De Lima a letter from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) signed by CSC Chairman Francisco Duque III himself.

The letter stated that the holders of the positions of Chief Public Attorney, Deputy Chief Public Attorney, and Regional Public Attorney need not be CESO eligible.

Passing the Bar examination or Board examination is only required of the PAO officials, it was noted.

It can be recalled that the DOJ issued a legal opinion on Jan. 3, 2011 stating that Acosta and the Regional Public Attorneys may be removed from their present posts due to lack of CESO eligibility.

The legal opinion also stated that in order that the PAO officials will be permanent in their respective positions, they should first take and pass the CESO eligibility examination.

However, Acosta maintained that they need not take and pass the CESO examination. (PNA)

scs/PTR

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