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SC rules with finality vs ex-Marawi school exec

COTABATO CITY – The Supreme Court has denied the motion for reconsideration filed by former Marawi Schools division superintendent Mona Macatanong as no substantial arguments were raised to warrant its reconsideration and this latest resolution – dated June 27 – follows its earlier affirmation of a Court of Appeals decision to terminate her tenure. 

The appellate court has earlier ruled that Macatanong is deemed to have already reached the compulsory retirement age of 65 by October 18, 2013 and has no right to continue or prolong the tenure with the Department of Education in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Amir Mawallil, ARMM spokesperson, has welcomed the development, saying that the finality that comes with a Supreme Court decision will allow all the parties to finally take definitive steps forward without second-guessing the rule of law. Macatanong’s case had caused a backlog on documentation and promotion among teachers in the Marawi City schools division.

“The regional government has every intent to ensure that the decision of the courts will be carried out accordingly. From the very start, we knew that the law was on our side and both the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court have consistently affirmed that. Now that the highest court of the land has decided on this case, we hope that this matter can finally be laid to rest. We trust that our teachers and school administrators will comply with the court’s decision and reaffirm their commitment to serving the Bangsamoro,” Mawallil said.

Macatanong, who turned 65 years old on October 18, 2013, was supposed to vacate her post having reached the retirement age, however, the lower court allowed her to change her date of birth, which became the basis of her term extension. The verdict was overturned by the Court of Appeals in 2015. (With a report from Mindanao Examiner.)

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