MANILA — Dismissed Commission on Higher Education official Julito Vitriolo said Tuesday he should be reinstated as the agency's executive director, as ordered by a Quezon City court.
The Regional Trial Court Branch 83, in an Oct. 18 quo warranto ruling, ordered QC RTC Deputy Sheriff to "oust and exclude" Atty. Cinderella Filipina Benitez-Jaro, who was appointed as Vitriolo's replacement.
The Office of the Ombudsman in 2017 removed Vitriolo from CHED for his alleged failure to stop a "diploma mill" that supposedly allowed the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila to issue transcripts and diplomas for suspended degree programs.
The Court of Appeals in the same year ordered that Vitriolo be reinstated as executive director of the agency, a decision affirmed by the Supreme Court last June.
"There is already a decision of at least 3 levels — RTC, CA and Supreme Court — already affirming my reinstatement, the pay of back wages," Vitriolo said.
"Sana igalang 'yun (I hope that will be respected). It has become final and executory," he added.
Vitrilo's camp has filed a motion to initiate contempt proceedings against Benitez-Jaro for failing to comply with the order for his reinstatement, said his lawyer Atty. Arnold Guerrero.
“No one is above the law, sundin mo ito (obey this),” Guerrero said.
Meanwhile, CHED Chairman Prospero De Vera said Benitez-Jaro was still CHED's executive director because an appeal has been filed before the Quezon City court.
"Until the court decides on the motion for reconsideration, then the Commission stands by its position that he (Vitriolo) is not the executive director,” De Vera said in a statement.
Report from Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News