Disgruntled SSS doctors, nurses file complaint against ‘oppressive’ De Quiros


SSS president and CEO Emilio de Quiros Jr.: Oppressive and unfair? PHOTO FROM ARCHIVES.PIA.GOV.PH

MANILA, Philippines—Medical specialists and nurses of the Social Security System on Friday filed criminal and administrative complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly depriving them of their Magna Carta benefits after they have not been categorized as public health workers.

In their 11-page complaint, doctors and nurses led by Dr. Oscar S. Villaroman Jr. said that De Quiros violated Republic Act 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, particularly Sections 3 (e) and (f) for “causing any undue injury to any party, including the government or giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of his official, administrative or judicial functions” and “for neglecting or refusing, after due demand or request, without sufficient justification to act within reasonable time on any matter pending before him for the purpose of obtaining, directly or indirectly from any person interested in the matter some pecuniary or material benefit or advantage or for the purposes of favouring his own interest or giving undue advantage in favor of or discriminating against any other interested party.”

They added that De Quiros should also be held administratively liable for being unreasonable, unfair, oppressive or discriminatory and for acting without justification.

The complaint stemmed from the May 30, 2012, office order issued by De Quiros regarding the guidelines in granting additional compensation to public health workers following the provisions of Republic Act 7305, or the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers.

Based on the said guideline, the doctors and nurses assigned in branches of SSS cannot be considered public health workers. The office order provides that only those personnel assigned in the health care department of SSS main branch and in clinics to be established in the future are considered health workers.

The office order, which became effective June 1, 2012, resulted in the cancellation of Magna Carta health benefits for 170 doctors and nurses of SSS. These benefits include hazard, subsistence and laundry pay.

Complainants pointed out that on June 20, 2000, the Commission on Audit (CoA) already classified all medical units of SSS as public health workers.

They said they had already written several demand letters to De Quiros but were ignored.

“The act of Mr. Emilio De Quiros Jr. as President of SSS, of arbitrarily declaring that the undersigned and all other medical specialists/physicians and nurses of SSS branches are not public health workers and therefore not entitled to Magna Carta benefits without approval of the Secretary of Health was done in utter bad faith, contrary to the Magna Carta for Public Health Workers, its implementing rules and jurisprudence interpreting it,” the complainants said.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/blarmey Carlos Garchitorena

    I think “De Quiros” deserves a first name and some sort of a title in the article, don’t you?

    • joshua kings

      pwede yang last name lang sa headline kasi nasa laman naman ang buong pangalan eh; pero dito, maaring tama ka kasi may isa pang de quiros na mas kontrobersyal at sikat na andidito sa inquirer, hehe…si conrad, utol yata ni emilo…di ko lang alam kung sino ang mas bata…

  • WeAry_Bat

    Well, this seems interesting.  The anti-De Quiros in the comments section will using this info, I suppose.

    • marionics

      let’s see what the ombudsman rules

      • WeAry_Bat

         a few are not waiting, like some commentators.  it’s close to election time.

    • turkak

      ganda ng ingles mo.

      • WeAry_Bat

        Pardon me, some thing about my dyslexia and seeing the word I thought I typed but actually was not there.

  • EdgarEdgar

    If anything, this incident adequately demonstrates the perils of nepotism in what is supposed to be a meritocratic society like ours. Emilio de Quiros never had any prior work experience in managing huge organizations where people skills are paramount. At least not of this size. Emilio de Quiros became SSS President and CEO only because of his brother Conrado de Quiros. Being in the employ of the palace whose sole task is to praise Noynoy to high heavens, Conrado de Quiros shamelessly pulled strings to have one brother installed in SSS and another in Philippine National Railways. It would have been just fine if they were installed in private companies that do not live and breathe on our tax money. But in both positions, they do. And that’s a clear case of conflict of interest, a conclusion which any auditor or ombudsman should easily come to if they’re not under pressure from the palace. At any rate, it would be impolite not to wish Emilio and his brother their last merry Christmas in power. It would be nice to see CDQ’s enemies capitalize on this and pounce on his brother like h3ll. As it turns out, nepotism is a doubled-edged sword. Handlers beware.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

      Long live the De Quiros Mafiosi.
      As is the case, blood is always thicker than competence in this administration.

    • jurbinsky77

      define nepotism.

  • joshua kings

    tanong ko lang: kayong mga duktor at narses, may nagagawa naman ba kayo para sa publiko o ginagawa ninyo lang sideline yang trabaho ninyo?   ibang duktor nga dyan di nga pumapasok sa opisina nila pero kumokolekta ng tseke nila tuwing araw ng suweldo….lalo na sa probinsya…naku po!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6KQ3DYZP5GWHYFQOAVUT4X6JCY Sal

       maglabas ka ng ebidensya mo

  • MonMayuga

    Let us examine both sides of the coin first.

  • Carl2012

    Walang mangyayari niyan, kasi protektado yang si De Quiros ng sira ulo nating presidente.
    Sana, i-boycot ng lahat ng mga doktor at nurses si presidente mongol.
    Tingnan nating kung may gagamot pa nitong tarantadong anak ni cory

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5QJUD47DAPM2Y5J3AEMCE2C624 John TWT

    This is what happens when journalists sometimes shun delicadeza.

    Whether SSS De Quiroz is justified or not (I’m sure he’ll justify himself) is irrelevant here.

    The situation is untenable right from the beginning because CDQ openly supported PNoy’s presidential bid and therefore, the appointment of his brother, whether he’s competent or not, is most awkward and will surely backfire sooner or later.

    This appointment is ill advised. The De Quiros brothers should have declined to preserve their integrity (or they shouldn’t have pursued it if they indeed asked for the appointment).

    In a way, this is not unlike “patronage” at work.

    Very unfortunate.

    CDQ’s voice and ideas will surely be diminished by this.

  • Carl2012

    As long as Emilio de Quiros’ brother, Conrado de Quiros, keeps kissing NoyNoy’s  a s s, hindi siya matatanggal sa pwesto.

    Nakakahiya, among all people, mga doktor at nurses  pa ang mag fi-file ng complaint sa iyo.

    Napakawalang hiya na siguro nitong taong tao.

    Kasing walang hiya ng sira ulo niyang amo na si NoyNoy

  • jurbinsky77

    Is SSS a private (GOCC) or a government agencyÉ  What about GSIS…

    An attack (written or verba) on de Quiroz is unjustified. Even if he is the President;s brother (Bobby Kennedy, for instance), no one should be a bit too fast to draw his gun.

    • Carl2012

      “An attack (written or verbal) on de Quiroz is unjustified”


      Hoy, alam mo ba ang pinagsasabi mo?

      Kung ganon, let us padlock the press.

      Isama na natin ang kanyang kapatid na si Conrado de Quiros.

      Di na pala tayo pwedeng umatake at mag criticize ng public officials.

      You pea brain!!!

    • turkak

      putang ina ka pag ke gloria ang bilis nyung humusga eh ! double standard ka ? ha abnoy ?

  • speaksoftlylove

    Kung ako lang ang nasa katayuan ng mga SSS doctors at nurses, sabaysabya na lang nilang kurutin yang De Quiros. Di hamak na mas De “Quirot” kung sabaysabay nilang kurutin yan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    yung overcharging ng loan interest ng mga members ang isa ring bagay na dapat siyasatin.

  • Pia Pilar Francisco

    I can attest to anyone in this forum that the de Quiros are honest, decent, god-fearing and law-abiding citizens. Having said that, I also have to say that the coincidental appointment of two de Quiros brothers to plum government posts only makes my favorite opinion writer vulnerable to attacks of palakasan.  The same was said of Tupas’s (1) father who got into PNOC despite zero experience in the oil and energy industry, Tupas’s (2) brother who got into DoA despite zero experience in agriculture and Tupas’s (3) sister who got into PCSO despite zero experience in charitable foundations.CDQ’s credibility might suffer as a result of this, but I hope he will shield Pnoy from it.

    • turkak

      utot mo. Binabasa ko article ni Conrad puro himod kay panot ang alam niyang isulat. gaga ka ? pa -attest attest ka pa !! pekpek mo nahimod ni Quiroz din ? !!!

      Mga Tupaz isang pamilyang kurap yan. hahahaaha Iloilo airport is one big white elephant !! hahahahahaha pag tapos ng term ni Panot kulong ang aabutin ni Neil Tupaz Sr. yan ang tunay na isa sa mga plunderers.

  • Josemakabayan

    If you are waiting for the ombudsman to decide on your case, mr. De quiros might not longer be at his post before it get decided on. It takes so long for the courts to decide cases, especially if it involves present officials………..

  • turkak

    Mga De Quiroz mga ungas yan at walang kwentang tao.. Tulad ni Conrad walang ginawa kundi himudin ang pwet ni abnoy. Sa sobrang himod niya pati hininga ni Conrad amoy ebak na ni Noynoy abnoy. YAK !!!!!!

    Ito ang nagpapatibay na si abnoy at mga alipores niya ay pahirap sa mga mamayan.

  • turkak

    Wag kayong mag-alala mga doctors at nurses. konting panahon na lang aatake na ang lung cancer ni Panot, pag physically incapacitated na si abnoy, sisibakin lahat ni Binay yang mga De Quiroz na yan sa pwesto. Pahirap yan sa inyo eh ! pati na rin sa mga pasyente niyo magiging pahirap na din yang tao na yan. Magna Carta lang tinangal pa.

  • randyaltarejos

    Doctors and nurses are not health workers? Whether they are contractual, casual or whatever, they are classified as health workers. If they’re not, what do you call them? Oh, my God! I hope P-Noy is now aware of what is happening at the SSS. What the SSS president wanted was to avoid giving out the Magna Carta benefits due to these health workers.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

    Emilio de Quiroz naloklok sa SSS dahil sa panlilinlang ni Conrado de Quiroz sa kay pinoy na siya ay susuporta at depensahan si pnoy sa mga batikos . sumang ayon si pnoy, na hindi nalalaman na si CDQ ay dating binabatikos si Cory sa kanyang mga kamalian. at isa pa hindi alam ni pnoy na isang Marcos loyalist si CDQ at collaborator ni Marcos. Nakakahiya ka Mr. de Quiroz.

  • mon key

    the doctors and nurses working with the sss are health workers. the sss is a public institution. sss branches all over the country are part of the sss insitution. therefore those doctors and nurses working in sss branches all over the country are public health workers. UNLESS the job description in their employment contract states that they carry out non-health related work and are hired by a non-government entity. but that is NOT the case. simple logic and basic reasoning is needed here. the problem here is the persons running the sss like to complicate things. and that is the most surprising part!  

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