THE Supreme Court rejected the bid of nearly 16,500 employees of the National Power Corporation
(Napocor) to collect some P8.5 billion in Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) and Amelioration Allowance
(AA) from the state-run corporation.
The SC en banc issued a ruling rejecting the employees’ union’s motion for reconsideration for
their failure to raise new arguments to reverse the Court’s February 7, 2017 decision.
The SC said the ruling is final and executory, and that it will no longer accept any pleadings
or motions in the case.
“Wherefore, the 16,500 Workers’ Solicitous Motion for Reconsideration is DENIED with FINALITY
as the basic issues have already been passed upon in this Court’s February 7, 2017 Decision. No further
pleadings or motions shall be entertained in this case. Let entry of final judgment be issued
immediately,” the SC said in its decision.
The SC said the employees’ unions failed to present any proof, such as pay slips, showing that
COLA and AA were deducted from them since July 1, 1989 to March 19, 1999.
“As it stands, respondents NECU and NEWU have failed to prove that their COLA and AA were
factually deducted from their basic pay,” the SC said.
In their motion for reconsideration, the unions claimed they have evidence to support their
contention that their COLA and AA were deducted from their salaries.