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SC lets go of Cebu court utility worker for being mentally unfit

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The Supreme Court (SC) has dropped a Cebu City Regional Trial Court (RTC) utility worker from the payroll and declared her position vacant for being mentally unfit.

In a recent 5-page decision, the SC 2nd Division adopted the Office of the Court Administrator’s (OCA) recommendation to let go of Catalina Camaso.

This was after Dr. Prudencio Banzon Jr., senior chief staff officer of the SC Medical and Dental Services, diagnosed Camaso with “delusional disorder, mixed type (grandiose and persecutory).”

The SC noted that Camaso not only failed to refute the findings, she also “exhibited her impaired mental cognition and deteriorating mental health” when she was asked to comment.

The case arose from the insubordination complaint filed by Cebu City RTC Executive Judge Soliver Peras for refusing to report for her temporary duties to file and deliver letters.

Peras also said Camaso exhibited “strange and abnormal behavior” by claiming she would not have to retire because she was a “national employee,” and by sitting on the backrest of a chair and resting her feet on the seat.

Camaso only responded that she was following a certain administrative order that supposedly stated employees were not required to be assigned to any office outside their job description.

Although Camaso was let go, she would still be qualified to receive her benefits and could still be reemployed in the government, according to the decision penned by Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe. #

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