Philippine Supreme Court Jurisprudence


Philippine Supreme Court Jurisprudence > Year 1974 > May 1974 Decisions > A.M. No. 457-MJ May 15, 1974 - JOSE LACSAMANA v. MELJOHN DE LA PEÑA:




PHILIPPINE SUPREME COURT DECISIONS

FIRST DIVISION

[A.M. No. 457-MJ. May 15, 1974.]

JOSE LACSAMANA, Complainant, v. MUN. JUDGE MELJOHN DE LA PEÑA, Respondent.


R E S O L U T I O N


CASTRO, J.:


The complainant Jose Lacsamana charges the respondent Municipal Judge Meljohn de la Peña of Maripipi, Leyte with (a) a violation of the lawyer’s oath to "do no falsehood, nor consent to the doing of any in court," and (b) failure to comply with the lawyer’s duty, imposed by section 20(d) of Rule 138 of the Rules of Court, "to employ, for the purpose of maintaining the causes confided to him, such means only as are consistent with truth and honor."cralaw virtua1aw library

Lacsamana alleges in his complaint, inter alia, that in civil cases B-0198 and B-0199 filed by him with the Court of First Instance of Leyte against Severina Malayao and Eddie Ho for "Recovery of Ownership of Real Property," the respondent de la Peña, as counsel for the defendants therein, introduced in court, in the course of the presentation of evidence for the defense, a document entitled "Escritura de Compraventa Absoluta," which deed appears to have been notarized by Enrique Sibucao of Naval, Leyte on April 30, 1939 and entered in his notarial register as Doc. 91, page 95, series of 1939; but that a verification of the notarial register of the said notary public in the National Archives in Manila revealed that Doc. 91, page 95, series of 1939 pertained instead to an affidavit of one Ireneo Machete and not to the compraventa document. Upon the foregoing allegations, Lacsamana brands the "Escritura de Compraventa Absoluta" as spurious.

Commenting on the administrative complaint against him, Judge de la Peña disowns knowledge or belief that the document in question is simulated or fraudulent. He attached to his comment an affidavit of Perfecto Adobo, one of the heirs of Evaristo Adobo, wherein the affiant states that he identified the document in court as one of the papers left by his deceased father, and that this paper was surrendered to Eddie Ho when the land was sold to the latter. The respondent Judge also points out that although the annexes to Lacsamana’s complaint, which are a photostatic copy of the compraventa and a photostatic copy of page 95 of Sibucao’s notarial register, show that the compraventa was executed on April 30, 1939 and entered as Doc. 90, whereas the affidavit of Machete was executed on April 29, 1939 and entered as Doc. 91, the discrepancy cannot be attributed to him (the said respondent judge).

It is our view, and we so hold, that no prima facie case has been established, hence further investigation is not warranted.

That the "Escritura de Compraventa Absoluta" was entered in the notarial register ahead by one notch or number than the affidavit does not necessarily make the compraventa document simulated or spurious; and even assuming that it is, the complainant has not alleged that the respondent knew of such infirmity, and that despite such knowledge he nevertheless presented the document as evidence in court.

ACCORDINGLY, the administrative complaint against the respondent Judge Meljohn de la Peña is hereby dismissed.

Makalintal, C.J., Teehankee, Esguerra and Muñoz Palma, JJ., concur.

Makasiar, J., is on leave.




Back to Home | Back to Main


chanrobles.com



ChanRobles Professional Review, Inc.

ChanRobles Professional Review, Inc. : www.chanroblesprofessionalreview.com
ChanRobles On-Line Bar Review

ChanRobles Internet Bar Review : www.chanroblesbar.com
ChanRobles CPA Review Online

ChanRobles CPALE Review Online : www.chanroblescpareviewonline.com
ChanRobles Special Lecture Series

ChanRobles Special Lecture Series - Memory Man : www.chanroblesbar.com/memoryman





May-1974 Jurisprudence                 

  • G.R. No. L-24294 May 3, 1974 - DONALD BAER v. TITO V. TIZON, ET AL.

  • A.M. No. 457-MJ May 15, 1974 - JOSE LACSAMANA v. MELJOHN DE LA PEÑA

  • G.R. No. L-28363 May 15, 1974 - NIEVES PALMA GIL VILLARICA, ET AL. v. COURT OF APPEALS, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. L-32054 May 15, 1974 - TERESITA LLANETA v. CORAZON JULIANO AGRAVA

  • G.R. No. L-27184 May 21, 1974 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. RUPERTO AQUINO

  • G.R. No. L-33463 May 21, 1974 - UNIVERSAL CORN PRODUCTS, INC. v. WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION COMMISSION, ET AL.

  • A.M. No. 655-MJ May 23, 1974 - CESAR G. OTERO v. JUAN G. ESGUERRA

  • G.R. No. L-25172 May 24, 1974 - LUIS MA. ARANETA v. ANTONIO R. DE JOYA

  • G.R. No. L-38020 May 24, 1974 - DANIEL CUCIO v. COURT OF APPEALS, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. L-26526 May 27, 1974 - GAUDENCIO E. ANTONINO v. BRIGIDO R. VALENCIA

  • A.M. No. 60-MJ May 27, 1974 - EVANGELINE VALLE v. JUAN G. ESGUERRA

  • A.M. No. 518-MJ May 28, 1974 - ELMER RAÑESES v. CELESTlNO TOMINES

  • G.R. No. L-23178 May 28, 1974 - EULOGIO DATU, ET AL. v. LADISLAO PASICOLAN, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. L-27944 May 28, 1974 - IN RE: JESUS MORAZA v. EPIFANIO ALFORQUE IGNACIO ALBA, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. L-27760 May 29, 1974 - CRISPIN ABELLANA, ET AL. v. GERONIMO R. MARAVE, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. L-35785 May 29, 1974 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. DOMICIANO BAYLON

  • G.R. No. L-37399 May 29, 1974 - BENITO UY, ET AL. v. MELECIO A. GENATO, ET AL.

  • A.C. No. 176-MJ May 30, 1974 - PAMPANGA BAR ASSOCIATION v. OSCAR G. LAGMAN

  • A.C. No. 279-J May 30, 1974 - GREGORIA V. BONDOC v. JOSE DE GUZMAN

  • G.R. No. L-27160 May 30, 1974 - JOSE QUAN v. THE SHERIFF, CITY OF MANILA, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. L-28899 May 30, 1974 - ALFREDO C. TAJAN v. VICENTE N. CUSI, JR.

  • G.R. No. L-34636 May 30, 1974 - JOSE R. OLIVEROS v. ONOFRE A. VILLALUZ, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. L-35382 May 30, 1974 - IN RE: ONG TION SAN v. REPUBLIC OF THE PHIL.

  • G.R. No. L-37083 May 30, 1974 - IN RE: SALLY PATRON v. COMMANDING OFFICER, III PC ZONE, CEBU CITY, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. L-38184 May 30, 1974 - JUAN LOPEZ MANANSALA v. REPUBLIC OF THE PHIL., ET AL.

  • A.M. No. P-160 May 31, 1974 - JOSE F. S. BENGZON, JR. v. AGAPITO RAMOS

  • A.M. No. P-211 May 31, 1974 - QUINTIN DE DIOS SANTOS v. ALBERTO A. VALINO

  • G.R. No. L-22237 May 31, 1974 - EUFRACIO D. ROJAS v. PEOPLE OF THE PHIL., ET AL.

  • G.R. No. L-23399 May 31, 1974 - BERNARDO DIZON, ET AL. v. AMBROSIO MAGSAYSAY, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. L-23453 May 31, 1974 - MARTINIANO P. VIVO v. RODOLFO T. GANZON, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. L-26622 May 31, 1974 - PHILIPPINE AIR LINES SUPERVISORS’ ASSOCIATION v. ENRIQUE JIMENEZ, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. L-27031 May 31, 1974 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. LORETO S. RENEGADO

  • G.R. No. L-28333 May 31, 1974 - TORIBIO P. MUNCAL v. ALFIN S. VICENCIO, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. L-29433 May 31, 1974 - ERNESTO S. MATA, ET AL. v. ANDRES REYES, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. L-30942 May 31, 1974 - PHILIPPINE NATIONAL RAILWAYS v. COURT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. L-31106 May 31, 1974 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. BENEDICTO CORTEZ, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. L-31227 May 31, 1974 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. ANTONIO SAVELLANO

  • G.R. No. L-31726 May 31, 1974 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. TOMAS ABALOS, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. L-34971 May 31, 1974 - SOCORRO G. DE CASTRO v. DELTA MOTOR SALES CORP.

  • G.R. No. L-35133 May 31, 1974 - PEOPLE OF THE PHIL. v. RAYMUNDO MADERA, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. L-35729 May 31, 1974 - TELESFORO SORIANO v. REPUBLIC OF THE PHIL., ET AL.

  • G.R. No. L-37446 May 31, 1974 - RENO ARCAYA, ET AL. v. VICTORINO C. TELERON, ET AL.

  • G.R. No. L-37656 May 31, 1974 - RELIANCE PROCOMA INC., ET AL. v. PHIL-ASIA TOBACCO CORPORATION, ET AL.