Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said she welcomes the keen interest of certain quarters, including Rep. Walden Bello and labor activist Susan “Toots” Ople, in the case of Labor Attache Adam Musa, but said the door is not closed for the aggrieved party, in accord with due process, to file a motion for reconsideration of the decision.
“Those who assail the decision of the DOLE Special Hearing Panel on the administrative case against Labatt Musa should know that the aggrieved party can still duly file a motion for a reconsideration of the decision 15 days after the receipt of the decision, and the disciplining authority will act on such a motion, if there is one. Right now, there is none,” Baldoz said.
She said the Revised Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service (RRACS) provide that the party adversely affected by the decision may file a motion for reconsideration with the disciplining authority, but only on grounds that a new evidence has been discovered which materially affects the decision rendered; or the decision is not supported by evidence on record; or errors of law or irregularities that might have been committed prejudicial to the interest of the party who filed the motion.
“Any motion for reconsideration will undergo the same process that the administrative case underwent,” Baldoz said.