Posted on: July 29, 2016

The Office of the Ombudsman has indicted and dismissed from service, the Executive Assistant of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Ma. Melinda Victoria after she was found guilty of dishonesty and falsification of official documents, complaints filed by the president of the United Filipino Seafarers Engr. Nelson Ramirez in 2014.

In a five page ruling signed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales dated June 14, 2016, MARINA Executive Assistant II Ma. Melinda Victoria was deemed guilty for Dishonesty and Falsification of Official Document and dismissed from the service.

Carpio-Morales further noted that Melinda is fined with the amount equivalent to respondent’s salary for one year, payable to the Office of the Ombudsman, and may be deductible from her retirement benefits, accrued leave credits or any receivable from her office.

The Ombudsman finds the accuse Melinda guilty when she was given her position despite the fact that she lacks a Bachelor’s Degree, the minimum requirement for the said post.

The decision stemmed based on the complaint filed by Engr. Nelson Ramirez versus Melinda, alongside the Nepotism, Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service cases hurled against MARINA Administrator Maximo Mejia Jr., Deputy Administrator for Operations Gloria V. Bañas and Officer-in-Charge of the Maritime Safety Audit Division Rizal Victoria last May 8, 2014.

However, the Ombudsman has dismissed the complaint versus Mejia, Bañas and Rizal Victoria due to lack of merit. But Ramirez is gearing to file a motion for reconsideration of his complaints versus Mejia, Bañas and Rizal Victoria, as he argued that he has a strong case against the three MARINA executives.

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