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State U prof suspended for using campus facilities for her review firm’s classes

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The Sandiganbayan on Tuesday ordered the 90-day suspension of a state university professor for tapping a review and tutorial services company she owns and using the Southern Luzon State University (SLSU) as a venue for review classes without any permit.

The anti-graft court has earlier indicted SLSU Professor 1 Susana Salvacion for graft.

In a minute resolution dated May 4, 2018, the Sandiganbayan 7th Division ordered Salvacion “to cease and desist from further performing and/or exercising the functions, duties and privilege of her present public position or any other government position she may now or thereafter be holding, effective upon notice and continuing for 90 days.”

Court records showed that Salvacion gave unwarranted benefits, preference or advantage to Nurmed Hyperlearn Review and Tutorial Services (Nurmed), a company she owns, by introducing Nurmed as an alternative review facility to SLSU students.

She also has been using the facilities of the SLSU College of Allied Medicine as the venue for review classes without any permit or contract.

The Sandiganbayan granted the Office of the Ombudsman’s motion to suspend Salvacio based on Section 13 of Republic Act (RA) No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Practices Act, which provides that “any incumbent officer against whom any criminal prosecution under a valid information under this law is pending in court, shall be suspended from office.”

The president of the SLSU, located in Lucban, Quezon, was directed to implement the suspension order against Salvacion.

Section 3(e) of RA 3019 “prohibits any official or employee from causing any undue injury to any party, including the government, or giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of official function through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence.”

Meanwhile, Section 3(h) of RA 3019 “prohibits a public official from directly or indirectly having any financial or pecuniary interest in any business, contract or transaction in connection with which the official intervenes or takes part in an official capacity, or in which the official is prohibited by the Constitution or by any law from having any interest.” (PNA)