SC orders COA not to disallow bonus of Duty Free staff

Posted at 05/05/14 1:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Commission on Audit (COA) not to disallow the payment of the 14th month bonus of Duty Free Philippines Corporation officers and employees hired after July 1, 1989.

The high court issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop COA from enforcing its notice of disallowance on the payment of the bonus.

“Acting on the motion for Issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction dated March 25, 2014 filed by the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel for the petitioner, the Court resolved to GRANT the Motion and issue the TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER prayed, effective immediately and continuing until further orders from the Court, restraining the Commission on Audit from executing the appealed COA Decision No. 2011-059,” the SC said in its resolution.

The SC issued a TRO on the COA decision that said Duty Free employees “who have been receiving the 14th Month Bonus as of July 1, 1989, the effectivity date of the SSL (Salary Standardization Law) shall continue to receive the same while those hired after July 1, 1989 shall not be entitled thereto.”

The SC said the controversy arose out of the payment by Duty Free Philippines of 14th month bonus to its officers and employees in 2002 amounting to P14,864,500.13.