Republic of the Philippines
A.M. No. 1769 June 8, 1992CESAR L. LANTORIA,
ATTY. IRINEO L. BUNYI,
This is an administrative complaint filed by Cesar L. Lantoria, seeking disciplinary action againstrespondent Irineo L. Bunyi, member of the Philippine Bar, on the ground that respondent Bunyiallegedly committed acts of "graft and corruption, dishonesty and conduct unbecoming of a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, and corruption of the judge and bribery", in connection withrespondent's handling of Civil Case Nos. 81, 83 and 88 then pending before the Municipal Court of Experanza, Agusan del Sur, presided over by Municipal Judge Vicente Galicia
in which respondentBunyi was the counsel of one of the parties, namely, Mrs. Constancia Mascarinas.Respondent Bunyi alleged that Mrs. Constancia M. Mascarinas of Manila was the owner of d farmlocated in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, and that herein complainant Lantoria was the manager andsupervisor of said farm, receiving as such a monthly allowance.
It appears that the complaint inCivil Case Nos. 81, 83 and 88 sought to eject the squatters from the aforementioned farm.
Thesecases were assigned to the Municipal Court of Esperanza, Agusan del Bur, the acting municipal judge of which was the Honorable Vicente Galicia (who was at the same time the regular judge of the municipal court of Bayugan, Agusan del Sur).
The defendants in the mentioned civil caseswere, in due course, declared in default.In relation to the same three (3) civil cases, the records of the present case show that complainantLantoria wrote a letter to respondent Bunyi, dated 23 April 1974, which reads as follows: