Friday, January 26, 2018

Here's why a lawyer defends the appointed Nat'l Library director amid a complaint filed in Ombudsman


The recent appointment of President Rodrigo Duterte to Ceasar Gilbert Adriano as the director of the National Library sparked a controversy.
National Library Director Ceasar Gilbert Adriano | Photo from ABS-CBN

This, after a licensed and registered librarian filed a complaint before the Ombudsman.

Vernon Totanes, director of Ateneo de Manila University’s Rizal Library, was the one who filed the case to the Ombudsman against Adriano's appointment.

Report says the complaint asks the authority to conduct an investigation on the appointment of Adriano as the head of the national library.

Meanwhile, according to another report, when the presidential spokesperson Harry Roque was asked regarding the matter, the spokesperson said in a text message that they will respect whatever the decision of the Ombudsman is. On the other hand, Ceasar Gilbert Adriano refused to comment on the issue until such time he received the copy of the complaint filed against him.

However, Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles believes there is no problem in line with the appointment made.

In a Facebook post, she wrote 'Ang RA 9246 ay nag set ng requirement of licensure para sa mga librarian. Walang problema duon. Pero hindi nakalagay dito na ang national library director ay kailangan maging librarian'.

'Pangalawa, walang independent charter ang National Library, dati itong bahagi ng Pambansang Museo at wala itong line agency. Ang tinuturing nitong mother agency ay ang Pambansang Komisyon para sa Sining at Kultura', she continued.

Futher explaning the provisions of the law, the lawyer said 'Pag siniyasat ang mga batas ukol sa National Library of the Philippines (NLP) walang nagsasaad ng requirement na kailangan librarian ito. Pati ang batas na RA 9246 ay tahimik pag dating sa NLP'.

Cruz-Angeles also mentioned that though the current director of the National Library of the Philippines is not a librarian - of which no such requirement exists according to her - and also not Career Executive Service eligible, the incumbent director still has one year to comply.

'Ang current na director ng National Library of the Philippines ay hindi librarian pero walang requirement na ganito. Hindi rin sya Career Executive Service eligible pero may isang taon pa sya mag comply'.

Concluding the said post, Atty. Cruz-Angeles reminded everyone that the president is also a lawyer who knows what he is doing.

'Paalala ko lang po, abogado ang pangulo natin. He knows what he is doing'.
Vernon Totanes | Photo from Google

Check out her full post below:

FYI may umiikot na balita na binabatikos ang mga appointees ng pangulo. In particular ang pagkaappoint sa director ng National Library na hindi naman daw librarian.

Ang nag rereklamo ay nagsampa ng kaso laban sa pangulo dahil sa naturang appointment na ani nya ay labag sa batas na RA 9246.

Ang RA 9246 ay nag set ng requirement of licensure para sa mga librarian. Walang problema duon. Pero hindi nakalagay dito na ang national library director ay kailangan maging librarian.

Pangalawa, walang independent charter ang National Library, dati itong bahagi ng Pambansang Museo at wala itong line agency. Ang tinuturing nitong mother agency ay ang Pambansang Komisyon para sa Sining at Kultura.

Pag siniyasat ang mga batas ukol sa National Library of the Philippines (NLP) walang nagsasaad ng requirement na kailangan librarian ito. Pati ang batas na RA 9246 ay tahimik pag dating sa NLP.

Pero dahil sa isang opinion na inisyu ng Career Executive Service Board, may requirement na CESO ang Director. Pero ayon din sa rules ng CESB kung wala pang CES qualificaiton ang isang appointee, mayroon syang isang taon para mag qualify.

Ang current na director ng National Library of the Philippines ay hindi librarian pero walang requirement na ganito. Hindi rin sya Career Executive Service eligible pero may isang taon pa sya mag comply.

Paalala ko lang po, abogado ang pangulo natin. He knows what he is doing.
Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles | Photo from Google

Sources: Luminous by Trixie Cruz-Angeles Philstar ABS-CBN

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