Canonizado v Aguirre; GR No. 133132; 25 Jan 2000; 323 SCRA 312

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Dela Torres, Canonizado, Pureza and Adiong were appointed Commissioners of NAPOLCOM. They were appointed separately, in various years and their terms had not expired at the time the amendatory law to R.A. 6975 was passed. R.A. 8551 declared the terms of sitting commissioners as expired upon its effectivity.

Whether or not petitioners were removed by virtue of a valid abolition.

NO. Under R.A. 6975, the NAPOLCOM ws described a collegial body within the DILG whereas R.A. 8551 made it an agency attached to the department for policy and program coordination. This does not result in the creation of an entirely new office.

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