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Ombudsman suspends CHED director

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Ombudsman has ordered the suspension of the regional director of the Commission on Higher Education in Region 12 for issuing a special order in favor of a Pakistani national who supposedly completed a business administration degree despite of his spurious scholastic records.

CHED-12 regional director Maximo Aljibe Jr. has been meted a two-month suspension by the Ombudsman for approving the special order to Mohammad Chaundary despite the latter’s questionable academic credentials as he supposedly completed a degree on business administration from Quezon Colleges of Southern Philippines based in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat.

The case stemmed from complaint filed last year by Dr. Akmad Mamalinta, president of Green Valley College who accused Aljibe of committing grave misconduct for issuing a special order in favor Chaundary.

Mamalinta said Aljibe should be held liable for issuing special order in favor of Chaundary inspite of his failure to comply with all the necessary requirements as a graduate of a business administration degree.

Aljibe said his approval of the special order in favor of Chaundary was merely ministerial as he acted only based on the recommendation of his staff who reviewed his credentials. (Joseph Jubelag)