Lim camp scores victory in payroll row vs Isko

Posted at 07/02/12 4:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Manila Mayor Alfredo on Monday claimed victory over the dispute involving the employment of over 1,000 casual city hall employees with erstwhile ally, Vice Mayor Isko Moreno.

Lim’s chief of staff, Ric De Guzman, said it was Moreno himself who ordered the secretary to the city council to comply with Lim’s Executive Order No. 21 “as to the submission of PDS of all city council employees to the city personnel office/city administrator’s office.”

Moreno, Francisco Domagoso in real life, also ordered the termination of all contracts for casual appointments and consultancy services exceeding the duration of six months effective June 30, 2012 and said that “henceforth, new sets of appointment of casual employees and contracts of consultancy services shall be processed and issued for a period of six months starting July 1 to December 2012.”

Moreno’s order was dated June 27.

The rift between the two began when Lim ordered the removal of Moreno's employees to comply with an order from the Commission on Audit (COA).

The memorandum issued by the city auditor stated that the city government is 45% above the employee ceiling.

A word war erupted between the two, leading to the filing of a police blotter against Lim. This, after Lim was quoted as saying, “Parang wala silang kamatayan,” during a speech delivered before barangay officials.

De Guzman said, however, that Moreno’s termination order is effectively “moot and academic.”

In the EO 21, Lim declared “null and void” all appointments for casual, job orders, researchers and consultants whose duration exceeds six months. 

Lim said the number of casuals appointed by Moreno is 789, while the researchers and casuals number 408, with periods of one year in violation of Section 77 and Section 344 of the Local Government Code.