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PALE Case Digest

PALE Case Digest

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SPOUSES MANUEL C. RAFOLS, JR. and LOLITA B. RAFOLS vs. ATTY. RICARDO G. BARRIOS, JR[A.C. No. 4973. March 15, 2010.]
FACTS:The complainants were the plaintiffs in CiviL case of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in General SantosCity, wherein they sought the cancellation of a deed of sale. The case was assigned to Judge Dizon, Jr.The complainants were represented by the respondent, paying to him P15,000.00 as acceptance fee.On December 22, 1997, the respondent visited the complainants at their residence and informedcomplainant Manuel that the judge handling their case wanted to talk to him. The respondent andManuel thus went to the East Royal Hotel's coffee shop where Judge Dizon, Jr. was already waiting. Therespondent introduced Manuel to the judge, who informed Manuel that their case was pending in hissala. The judge likewise said that he would resolve the case in their favor, assuring their success up tothe Court of Appeals, if they could deliver P150,000.00 to him.ISSUE: WON respondent is guilty of misconductHELD: YESCourt approved and adopted the report and recommendations of the OBC (Office of the Bar Confidant)but imposed the supreme penalty of disbarment.Respondent's act of introducing the complainants to the judge strongly implied that the respondent wasaware of the illegal purpose of the judge in wanting to talk with the respondent's clients. Thus, the courtunqualifiedly accepted the aptness of the following evaluation made in the OBC's Report andRecommendation, viz.:. . . Being the Officer of the Court, he must have known that meeting litigants outside the court issomething beyond the bounds of the rule and that it can never be justified by any reason.By his overtact in arranging the meeting between Judge Dizon and complainants-litigants in the Coffee Shop of theEast Royal Hotel, it is crystal clear that he must have allowed himself and consented to Judge Dizon'sdesire to ask money from the complainants-litigants for a favorable decision of their case which waspending before the sala of Judge Dizon.The practice of law is a privilege heavily burdened with conditions. The attorney is a vanguard of ourlegal system, and, as such, is expected to maintain not only legal proficiency but also a very highstandard of morality, honesty, integrity, and fair dealing in order that the people's faith and confidencein the legal system are ensured. Any violation of the high moral standards of the legal profession justifiesthe imposition on the attorney of the appropriate penalty, including suspension and disbarment.Specifically, the Code of Professional Responsibility enjoins an attorney from engaging in unlawful,dishonest, or deceitful conduct. Corollary to this injunction is the rule that an attorney shall at all timesuphold the integrity and dignity of the Legal Profession and support the activities of the Integrated Bar.//donn.tantuan

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