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MANILA, Philippines - For lighting a cigarette in the toilet of the government agency where he works, a legal officer of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) was suspended for three months.
Robinson Viñas was found guilty of violating the smoking prohibition in government offices, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) said.
Viñas, who holds the rank of Attorney IV, admitted smoking in the toilet of the CHR building.
His suspension took effect on Nov. 16, 2015 and ended last week.
Edgardo Ulysses Dorotheo filed a complaint against Viñas with the CSC after he caught the latter smoking in the toilet on Jan. 27, 2014.
Dorotheo said he reminded Viñas of the smoking prohibition within government premises and asked him to stop smoking.
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Viñas refused, prompting Dorotheo to take a photo of him using a mobile phone.
In his complaint, Dorotheo said Viñas violated the no smoking rule and displayed discourtesy when he was admonished for the violation.
CSC chairperson Alicia de la Rosa-Bala said Viñas was found guilty of violating the CSC circular banning smoking in government offices.
The accusation of discourtesy in the course of official duty against Viñas was dismissed.
“It is within the CSC’s mandate to promulgate policies for the welfare and development of state workers. We urge government employees to heed the prohibition on smoking as this was meant to ensure a healthy and productive work force,” the CSC said.
SOURCE:  (The Philippine Star) 

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