ABS-CBNNews.com reports that Maynardo Valdez-manager of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Nueva Ecija Information Center in Cabanatuan City-shut down the government office for four days last year so he could go to Boracay for a reunion trip with his high school classmates.
The report revealed that when Valdez failed to submit daily reports, his bosses tried to get in touch with him. When he didn’t respond to their calls or text messages, they tried contacting him through his Facebook account. To their surprise, they saw pictures of him frolicking in Boracay with his friends. Pictures that appeared with the caption, "Mabuhay! NEHS (Nueva Ecija High School) ’75 Pasyal sa Boracay July 18-21, 2011" were later used as evidence against him.
The report noted: "Secretary Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Communications and Operations Office, which has jurisdiction over the PIA, recently affirmed the decision of PIA director general Jose Fabia to dismiss Valdez for dishonesty and gross neglect. The PIA said Valdez's action constitutes grave misconduct."
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