COA junks compensation claim of ex-analyst gone AWOL

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    THE Commission on Audit has thrown out a petition for money claim filed by its own former fiscal analyst who was earlier dismissed from service due to prolonged absences without leave (AWOL) but was reinstated by former COA chairman Reynaldo Villar.

    In a three-page decision, COA chairman Michael G. Aguinaldo and Commissioners Jose A. Fabia and Roland C. Pondoc declared that the Commission cannot take action on the claim of Roni Rey Polines, former fiscal analyst II, for lack of jurisdiction.

    Records showed Polines, previously assigned with the Provincial Auditor’s Officer-Batangas in COA Region 4, was removed from service on January 8, 2010 after incurring extended absences without justifications and depleting all his leave credits.

    Then COA chairman Villar approved the recommendation of dismissal but inexplicably issued a separate order on the same day reassigning COA region 4 personnel – including Polines – to different auditing units.

    Polines ended up with a designation as “audit team leader” for Group E auditing Cavite Province and promptly assumed his new post.

    On February 18, 2010, he received a notification that he has been dropped from the rolls.

    He appealed the directive but was overruled by Villar in a memorandum dated May 19, 2010.

    Polines filed a petition with the Civil Service Commission seeking reinstatement but the COA ruling was affirmed.