Darilag sits as board chair of EV state universities

Aldrin Darilag

TACLOBAN CITY– After serving a 90-day preventive suspension order, Commissioner Aldrin Darilag of the Commission on Higher Education (ChEd) returned to work on Friday (April 19).

Speaking through his lawyer Estanislao Angeles III, Aldrin said that he is happy to be back at the commission as his term ends on July of this year yet.

Angeles, in a phone interview, also disclosed that his client also felt ‘vindicated’ considering that during the enforcement of the preventive order, a panel created by ChEd Chairman Prospero De Vera II did not issue any resolution on the complaint lodged against Darilag.
“The 90-day preventive suspension order has lapsed without any findings of guilt by a fact-finding committee,” Angele said.

“This is a vindication for Commissioner Darilag because there was no basis for suspending him in the first place,” Angeles said.

To recall, Darilag was slapped with the preventive suspension order by the Office of President on January 16 purportedly due to abuse of authority, grave misconduct, neglect in the performance of duty, and violation of RA 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Darilag has denied all the allegations, adding that he was not even given the chance to defend himself on the allegations hurled against him.

He has blamed De Vera as to be behind on the charges against him.

Darilag sits as chairman of the board of the Leyte Normal University in Tacloban City, Leyte; University of Eastern Philippines in Catarman, Northern Samar; Samar State University in Catbalogan City, Samar; Southern Leyte State University in Maasin City, Southern Leyte; and Biliran Province State University in Naval, Biliran.