Atty. Manuel J. Laserna Jr.: SC Dismisses Court Employee Found Positive For Shabu

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court has dismissed an electrician assigned at the SC who was simply found to have been dependent on drugs. In an administrative matter, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. Aranal Sereno found Reynard B. Castor, Electrician II, Maintenance Division, Office of Administrative Services (OAS), liable for grave misconduct due to his use of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, a prohibited drug. Court orders his dismissal from the service with forfeiture of most benefits, except accrued leave credits, and with prejudice to reemployment in any branch or instrumentality of the national government including government-owned or controlled corporations,” the SC ruling said.

It explained that the verdict is immediately executory. Castor’s dismissal arose from his group of sick leave software with no medical certificate. Because of his regular absences, he was referred to the SC Clinic for medical evaluation to determine his physical fitness to continue with his duties and obligations. In the medical evaluation report on Castor dated June 27, 2013, Dr. Prudencio R. Banzon Jr. of SC’s Medical and Dental Services, said that sometime in March 2013 Castor wanted consultation due for an on-and-off dizziness. A chest X-ray was conducted and he was recommended to get pulmonary appointment.

A medical certificate was then issued with a pulmonologist declaring him fit for work. According to Banzon, when Castor reported to him at the SC medical clinic on April 25, 2013 he was compelled to undergo a random medication test. The medication test, which was performed at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) lab, yielded positive for shabu.

Banzon remarked that Castor’s absences could be related to financial distress due to vice rather than disease. July 9 In his notice dated, of this yr 2013 Castor described that during the early a few months, he was met with emotional and financial problems regarding his family. Because of these heavy problems, he incurred repeated absences from office.

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According to him, he was so frustrated that he even thought of committing suicide. He admitted that it was during those times that he took prohibited drugs unintentionally. He further stated that the drugs affected his health and well-being as well as his performance at work. He was apologetic and asked that he be given another chance nonetheless. He guaranteed that would not happen again also.

“Undoubtedly, the use of prohibited drugs by Castor violated the norms of carry out for general public service. By indulging in the utilization of unlawful drugs, he dedicated carry out unbecoming of court personnel, which tarnished the image and integrity of the Judiciary. “The conduct of a person serving the judiciary must, at all times, be seen as a decorum and propriety and most of all, be above suspicion in order to earn and keep carefully the respect of the general public for the Judiciary.