Duty Free employees ask Ombudsman to resolve complaint vs officials

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 27 2019 04:23 PM

MANILA - Ten employees of Duty Free Philippines Corporation have asked the Office of the Ombudsman to resolve the plunder, graft and administrative complaints they filed in 2017 as they have been receiving “retaliatory attacks” from the respondents, their current superiors.

In their motion for early resolution, complainants Alexander Sablan, Nestor Zabala, Eric Oracion, Carlito Ardales, Nilo Duarte and Joaquin Vibal, Ernesto Mangalindan, Francis Daco, Romeo Silva Jr. and Rizalino Santos also asked the Ombudsman to order a preventive suspension against the respondents, namely incumbent Chief Operating Officer Vicente Pelagio Angala, as well as Vice President Roberto Policarpio and Directors Lorenzo Formoso and Manolito Canlas.

The complaint stemmed from the employment status of the complainants as well as supposed irregularities in retirement funds, taxes, gratuity pays, among others.

“The protracted resolution not only caused mental anguish and severe anxiety to us plaintiffs but has also taken a great toll on our emotional, physical and financial conditions, especially because one of the respondents in the case is the Chief Operating Officer of Duty Free Philippines Corporation, the company where we work,” the complainants said.

The complainants said counter-charges have been filed against them, such as libel, administrative and civil cases as well as a complaint before the National Bureau of Investigation. 

They also cited in their motion Article III of the 1987 Constitution on the right of Filipinos to a speedy disposition of cases.

“For expedient resolution of the issues raised therein, early resolution of the instant motion has become glaringly exigent as not to frustrate the ends of justice,” the complainants said.