SC drops charges vs 3 mag­is­trates

Manila Times - - NEWS - JOMAR CANLAS

THE Supreme Court ( SC) has dis­missed an ad­min­is­tra­tive com three mag­is­trates of the Court of Ap­peals (CA).

In a full- court de­ci­sion pro­mul­gated by clerk of court Felipa Anama, the SC junked for lack of merit en­gi­neer Ramil Mo­rales’ com­plaint against As­so­ciate Jus­tices Celia Li­breaLe­a­gogo, Amy Lazaro-Javier and Mel­chor Sadang.

The case stemmed from the ad­min­is­tra­tive com Roland Pid­laoan in 2008 against Mo­rales, as act­ing chief of the Build­ing Plan Pro­cess­ing Sec­tion, Bureau of Fire Pro­tec­tion Que­zon City, for dis­hon­esty be­fore the for the Mil­i­tary and Other Law

Pid­laon al­leged that Mo­rales in­tro­duced him­self as an em­ployee of Que­zon City Hall and asked for P89,000 rep­re­sent­ing pay­ment for in­spec­tion clear­ance. It was found out later that the amount paid by was only P89.00.

The lo­cal court re­jected the crim­i­nal charges for estafa - rales, but ODO-MOLEO found him guilty of se­ri­ous dis­hon­esty and was meted out the penalty of dis­missal from the ser­vice for the same al­le­ga­tions.

Mo­rales sought re­con­sid­er­a­tion be­fore the Om­buds­man but to no avail, prompt­ing him to el­e­vate his case to the CA, which sided with

It prompted Mo­rales to file ad­min­is­tra­tive charges against the jus­tices.

“From the fore­go­ing, it is clear that the case should be dis­missed for ut­ter lack of merit,” the SC held.

“Mo­rales failed to over­come his bur­den of proof to show that re­spon­dents com­mit­ted an of­fense. The pre­sump­tion that re­spon­dents reg­u­larly per­formed their du­ties will pre­vail.”

The SC, in its July 18, 2017 rul­ing that was re­leased only re­cently, opined that Mo­rales was not de­prived of his right to due process.

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