Republic of the Philippines
G.R. No 94070 April 10, 1992
ROSALINDA DE PERIO SANTOS, petitioner,
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY CATALINO MACARAIG and SECRETARY RAUL MANGLAPUS, respondents.
This is a petition for certiorari* seeking to set aside Administrative Order No. 122 of the Office of the President, finding the petitioner guilty of dishonesty and meting upon her, after appreciating certain mitigating circumstances in her favor, the penalty of reprimand with a warning that a repetition of the same or similar offense will be dealt with more severely. The President affirmed Assignment Order No. 58/88 dated April 27, 1988 of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs recalling the petitioner to the home office from her post as permanent representative to the Philippine Mission to the United Nations and other International Organizations (MISUNPHIL, for short) in Geneva, Switzerland (pp. 84-99, Rollo).
Petitioner Rosalinda de Perio-Santos, a career service officer with the rank of Chief of Mission II and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, was appointed on July 24, 1986, by her Excellency, President Corazon C. Aguino, to the position of Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the Philippine Mission to the United Nations and other International Organizations with station in Geneva, Switzerland (Annexes A and B, pp. 33-34,Rollo).
On April 6, 1987, petitioner sought a leave of absence from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to spend the Easter Holidays in New York, U.S.A., with her mother, brothers and sisters at no expense to the Government (p. 84, Rollo). She bought two (2) non-transferable, non-refundable discounted tickets costing SFr. 1,597 for herself and her adopted daughter Pia.