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ISSN 0115-0421

Official Gazette

REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

EDITED AT THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES PURSUANT TO COMMONWEALTH ACT NO. 638 AS AMENDED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE CODE OF 1987. ENTERED AS SECOND-CLASS MATTER, MANILA POST OFFICE, DECEMBER 26, 1905.

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MGA HATOL NG KATAAS-TAASANG HUKUMAN [DECISIONS OF THE SUPREME COURT]

ATTY. EDNA BILOG CAMBA
DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT AND REPORTER

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1. LEGAL ETHICS; JUDGES; DUTY TO FOLLOW COURT DIRECTIVES, EMPHASIZED.— Case law teaches us that a judge is the visible representation of the law, and more importantly of justice; he or she must, therefore, be the first to follow the law and weave an example for the others to follow. Interestingly, in Julianito M. Salvador Judge Manuel Q. Limsiaco, Jr., etc., a case where judge Limsiaco was also the respondent, we already had the occasion to impress upon him the clear import of the directives of the Court.*** we also cited in that case our ruling in Josephine C. Martinez v. Judge Cesar N. Zoleta and emphasized that obedience to our lawful orders and directives should not be merely selective obedience, but must be full: *** We cannot overemphasize that compliance with the rules, directives and circulars issued by the Court is one of the foremost duties that a judge accepts upon assumption to office. This duty is verbalized in Canon 1 of the New Code of Judicial Conduct. Under existing jurisprudence, we have held judges administratively liable for failing to comply with our directives and circulars.

2. ID.; ID.; DELAY IN DECIDING A CASE WITHIN THE REGLEMENTARY PERIOD IS GROSS

INEFFICIENCY. -The delay in deciding a case within reglementary period constitutes a violation of Section 5, Canon 6 of the New Code of Judicial Conduct which mandates judges to perform all judicial duties, including the delivery of reserved decisions, efficiently, fairly and with promptness. In line with jurisprudence, Judge Limsiaco is also liable for gross inefficiency for his failure to decide a case within the reglementary period.

3. ID.; ID.; VIOLATION OF COURT DIRECTIVES. AND GROSS INEFFICIENCY ARE LESS SERIOUS CHARGES; SANCTIONS; REPEAT OFFENDER MERITS DISMISSAL FROM SERVICE OR FORFEITURE OF RETIREMENT BENEFITS FOR RETIRED JUDGE. —Under Rule 140 of the Rules of Court, as amended by A.M. 01-8-10-SC dated September 11, 2001, violation of Supreme Court rules, directives and circulars, and gross inefficiency are categorized as less serious charges with the following sanctions: (a) suspension from office without salary and other benefits for not less than one or more than three months; or (b) a fine of more than P10,000.00 but not exceeding P20,000.00 in determining the proper imposable penalty, we also consider Judge Limsiaco's work history which reflects how he performed his judicial functions as a judge. We observed that there are several administrative cases already decided against Judge Limsiaco that show his inability to properly discharge his judicial duties.xxx we find that his conduct as a repeat ofender exhibits his unworthiness to don the judicial robes and merits a sanction heavier than what is provided by our rules and jurisprudence. Under the circumstances, Judge Limsiaco should be dismissed from the service. We, however, note that on May 17, 2009, Judge Limsiaco has retired from judicial service. We also note that Judge Limsiaco has not yet applied for his retirement benefits. Thus in lieu of the penalty of dismissal for his unethical conduct and gross inefficiency in performing his duties as a member of the retirement bench, we declare all his

benefits, except accrued leave credits, forfeited. Furthermore, he is barred from reemployment in any branch or service of the government-owned and controlled corporations.

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