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Man Arrested Over Fake Civil Service Eligibility

Written By Jane Miranda on Saturday, August 25, 2012 | Saturday, August 25, 2012

Man Arrested Over Fake Civil Service Eligibility
"Cheaters do get arrested."

This was the hard lesson learned by a 29-year old man who was arrested by the police after presenting a fake Certificate of Eligibility (COE) last June 19 at the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Central Office in Quezon City.

The suspect, Hunsel R. Ubias, a resident of Sampaloc, Manila, went to the CSC to request for authentication of his COE, which he allegedly obtained from passing the career service professional examination held at the CSC Central Office on June 1, 2012 with a rating of 80.00 percent.

The COE is a security document issued by the CSC to a person who has been granted career service eligibility by the Commission and, thus, whose name is included in the register of eligibles. Eligibility is one of the minimum requirements for permanent appointment to government service.

Upon verification of examination records, the CSC discovered that the COE presented by Ubias is fake since there is no record of a career service professional examination conducted on the said date and location.

The suspect was escorted to the CSC’s Office for Legal Affairs, which further inspected the COE presented by Ubias and found that several features of the document were inconsistent with those of a real COE.

The suspect later voluntarily disclosed to OLA that his COE was made in “Recto”, referring to C.M. Recto Avenue, Manila, where counterfeit diplomas, certificates, and professional licenses are known to be illegally traded. Ubias was brought to Station 6 of Quezon City Police District where he is currently detained and awaiting trial for violation of Republic Act No. 9416.

CSC Chairman Francisco T. Duque III condemned Ubias’ act and stressed that entrance to government service should only be based on merit and fitness. “For the past decades, we have instituted stringent measures to protect the integrity of the CSC exams. The public deserves a bureaucracy composed of competent and honest workers, not of misfits and cheats.”

He added that hundreds of government workers have been dismissed from the service after being found in possession of fake eligibility and spurious school credentials.

RA 9416, signed into law on March 25, 2007, declares unlawful and penalizes any form of cheating in civil service examinations, including unauthorized use and possession of CSC examination-related materials, impersonation, use of “codigo” or crib sheet, and possession and use of fake COE.

Any person convicted of violation of RA 9416 shall be penalized with a minimum jail time of six years and one day to a maximum of 12 years, a fine of not less than P50,000 and accessory penalties.

Accessory penalties for an offender who is a government employee include dismissal from the service, forfeiture of retirement benefits, cancellation of eligibility, bar from taking any civil service examination, and perpetual disqualification from reentering government service.

If the offender is a private individual, he/she shall be perpetually barred from entering the government service and from taking any civil service examination.


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