SC DISBARS FEMALE LAWYER FOR ‘INFLUENCE PEDDLING’
MANILA – The Supreme Court has disbarred a lady lawyer for providing fake documents, collecting money and promising the acquittal of an accused from a drug deal.
Lawyer Marie Frances Ramon claimed that she could secure the acquittal of her client Tirso Fajardo at the Court of Appeals who was charged for violating Section 5 and Section 7 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The court found Ramon guilty of defrauding her clients by drafting “a fake, spurious, and sham decision” acquitting Fajardo. Ramon could also be liable for civil or criminal cases such as estafa and falsification of public documents.
Ramon defrauded the relatives of the accused by exhorting money amounting to P1 million in exchange for the acquittal. She placed the names of the CA justices in the fake decision although the case was assigned in a different division and assigned to a different CA magistrate.
The High Court found her guilty of violating the Lawyer’s Oath, Canons 1, 7, 10, and Rules 1.01, 1.02, 7.03, 10.01, 10.02, and 10.03 of the Code of Professional Responsibility and Grave Misconduct, the High Tribunal said adding that her disbarment is without prejudice to the civil or criminal cases pending and/or to be filed against her.
“Atty. Ramon has tarnish(ed) the image of the legal profession and has lessened the public faith in the Judiciary. Hence, the ultimate penalty of disbarment must be imposed upon her,” the Court said.
An administrative complaint arose from the joint complaint-affidavit for disbarment filed by CA Associate Justices Fernanda Lampas-Peralta, chairperson of the Sixth Division; Stephen C. Cruz, senior member of the Fifth Division; and Ramon Paul L. Hernando, then junior member of the Fifth Division, who is now SC Associate Justice.
According to the findings of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and the recommendation of the IBP Board of Governors, which was adopted by the Court, Ramon lured Maria Rossan De Jesus into giving her huge sum of money by promising to secure the acquittal of her cousin Fajardo. (LON; with reports from PNA)