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Calida: OSG charter meant to attract the brightest lawyers

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The Charter of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) allows its officials to receive allowances and honoraria exceeding more than 50 percent of their salaries.

Solicitor General Jose Calida made this assurance after the Commission on Audit (COA) released its 2016 audit report of the OSG.

In its report, the COA said the OSG violated COA Circular 85-25-E which provides that the payment of services, incentives, remunerations, honoraria and all other extra compensations to government officials and employees “shall not exceed 50 percent of their annual basic salary.”

“Under the OSG Charter, OSG lawyers are authorized to receive allowances and honoraria for legal services rendered to client agencies,” Calida said in a statement.

“This is due to the government’s intention to attract the best the brightest lawyers to work and build a career at the OSG,” Calida stressed