By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Alberto Nellas, Jr. confirmed yesterday the reinstatement of Atty. Annabelle Palic at the Negros Cyber Centre after the 60-day preventive suspension slapped against her lapsed last October 4.
Nellas, however, said that the case against Palic will proceed into a full blown investigation.
Palic, former head of the Provincial Human Resource and Management Office (HRMO), is facing charges for oppression, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, grave misconduct, and for being notoriously undesirable by the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (PACE).
Nellas said the hearing against Palic will take a longer time because around 15 witnesses are set to be presented by the prosecution and that only one has been presented so far.
PACE filed a formal administrative complaint against Palic on July 6.
The filing of complaints against her was made after the Union’s Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution, which was also supplemented by the petition signed by 694 employees of the provincial government.
The complaint stemmed from accusations of some aggrieved capitol employees, including those who already retired from government service, against her.
Palic has been reassigned to the Negros First Cyber Centre since last year as part of the transition team./DGB, WDJ