Pinilit kasi eh! Parañaque Mayor Olivarez faces admin raps for ‘hiring’ dismissed personnel

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Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez was slapped with administrative charges for allegedly hiring a person who was dismissed and perpetually disqualified from holding public office.

In his complaint affidavit filed before the Office of the President (OP), Jonathan Bernardo accused Olivarez of hiring Mario Mar Jimenez in various government positions despite being dismissed and banned from holding office by the Ombudsman in August 30, 2004 due to an administrative case.

Bernardo said Jimenez was hired by Olivarez from July 1, 2010 until June 30, 2013 as his Chief of Political Affairs when the latter was still a congressman.

The complainant said Jimenez is still working at the office of Olivarez until now as Executive Assistant V.

Jimenez is also designated as head of Special Services Office (SSO) and OIC of the city’s Public Information Office.

Bernardo said the Ombudsman even reminded Olivarez about Jimenez’s dismissal in a letter dated July 25, 2014 but the mayor “never took action.”

The respondents were sued for alleged abuse of authority, grave misconduct, culpable violation of the Constitutional provision of the Civil Service Law, gross negligence and dereliction of duty with prayer for preventive suspension.