Dismissed CHR commissioner to fight for rights

Office of the Ombudsman dismissed Commission on Human Rights Commissioner Cecilia Rachel “Coco” Quisumbing. The complaint was filed by her former staff, Regina Eugenio, saying Quisumbing promoted her but kept for herself the additional salary intended for Eugenio’s new salary grade.

“[Quisumbing was] found guilty of violation of Section Seven of RA 6713 and grave misconduct and meted the penalty of dismissal from the service, including all its accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits and perpetual disqualification for re-employment in the government service,” said in a 23-page resolution of the Ombudsman.

“For her act of soliciting and receiving money—in this case Eugenio’s Salary differential—in the course of her official duties, this Office finds probable cause to indict respondent for Direct Bribery under Article 210 of the Revised Penal Code,” the resolution added.

In a statement sent to ABS-CBN, Quisumbing said, “We are taking the appropriate legal action in accordance with procedure, as a long time advocate of the rule of law.”

“It’s a shame the false complaint by disgruntled terminated staff has been given any credence. I appreciate that my fellow commissioners support me even as we all call for a full and balanced investigation. I cooperate with the process because we need to respect the rule of law. That’s one of the things I have worked for in government.”