- The COA has held SSS Pres. Dooc liable for crashing a government-issued vehicle
- COA ordered Dooc to pay P83,199.86, the amount not covered by insurance
- COA said there was negligence on Dooc’s part when he dozed off while driving the vehicle
Social Security System (SSS) President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Dooc has been held liable by the Commission on Audit (COA) for crashing a government-issued vehicle in 2015 when he was the commissioner of Insurance Commission (IC).
As per Rappler, COA said the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) already paid for the vehicle’s insurance coverage amounting to P1,020,128.99. Dooc now only has to pay 83,199.86, the amount not covered by the insurance.
On December 24, 2015, Dooc met an accident when he fell asleep while driving the government-issued Toyota Fortuner in Alaminos, Laguna. He crossed into the opposite lane and collided with two other vehicles which were on full stop.
The Management Support Services Group of the IC filed on Dooc’s behalf a request for relief of property accountability, saying the crash was a “fortuitous event beyond the control of the accountable officer.”
However, COA, in a decision dated October 25, 2017, denied the request, saying there was negligence on Dooc‘s part.
“In this case, it was very clear that there was negligence on the part of Commissioner Dooc when he dozed off while driving the vehicle, causing it to cross the center lane of the road and ultimately colliding with two other vehicles which were on full stop. Thus, being negligent in the custody and safekeeping of the Toyota Fortuner, his request for relief from liability thereof cannot be given due course,” COA said.