MALACAñANG terminated on Wednesday the hold-over appointment of Elba Siscar Cruz as president and CEO of the Development Academy of the Philippines, amid allegations of corruption hurled against her by her own employees.
“Considering that your Term of Office expired on 30 June 2017 and that you have been serving in the DAP Board in a holdover capacity, we now wish to inform you that, upon instructions of the President, your service in such holdover status is hereby discontinued effective immediately,” letter addressed to Cruz.
Cruz was also directed “to turn over all official documents, papers, and properties in [her] possession to the proper office of the DAP.”
Following her removal, the employees’ union thanked Duterte for “finally terminating” Cruz, saying it was the “best Christmas gift” they could receive.
Among the allegations they cited as reasons in their petition was her unauthorized organizational restructuring of the DAP that had resulted in additional costs and displacement of permanent Civil Service Commission appointees; her continuing threats to remove employees and personnel and to silence anyone who dared to question her policies and actions; and her alleged frequent personal and official travels.
The former DAP president was appointed to “serve the unexpired Term of Office that began on July 1, 2016 and ended on June 30, 2017.”