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Canon 13-19 Cases

Canon 13-19 Cases

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Republic of the Philippines
SUPREME COURT
 ManilaSECOND DIVISION
A.M. No. 1769 June 8, 1992CESAR L. LANTORIA,
complainant,vs.
ATTY. IRINEO L. BUNYI,
respondent.
PER CURIAM:
 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
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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.
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It appears that the complaint inCivil Case Nos. 81, 83 and 88 sought to eject the squatters from the aforementioned farm.
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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 othe municipal court of Bayugan, Agusan del Sur).
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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:
 
 Atty. Ireneo Bunye928 Rizal AvenueSanta Cruz, ManilaDear Atty. Bunye:xxx xxx xxxUpon informing him of your willingness to prepare the corresponding judgements(sic) on the 3 defaulted cases he said he has no objection in fact he is happy andrecommended that you mail the said decisions in due time thru me to be delivered tohim.xxx xxx xxxI will communicate with you from time to time for any future development.My best regards to you and family and to Mrs. ConstanciaMascarinas and all.Verytrulyyours,(SGD.)CESAR LLANTORIAMajor Inf PC(ret)ExecutiveDirecto
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 On 01 June 1974, respondent Bunyi wrote to the complainant regarding the said three (3) cases, inthis wise:
 
Dear Major Lantoria, At last, I may say that I have tried my best to respond to the call in your severalletters received, which is about the preparation of the three (3) Decisions awaited byJudge Galicia. The delay is that I have been too much occupied with my cases andother professional commitments here in Manila and nearby provinces. Not only toMrs. Mascarinas I would say that I am so sorry but also to you. Mrs. Mascarinas hasbeen reminding me but I always find myself at a loss to prepare these Decisions atan early date sa (sic) possible. So also with my calendar as to the dates for the nexthearing of the remaining cases over there.Herewith now, you will find enclosed the three (3) Decisions against the (3) defaulteddefendants. I am not sure if they will suit to satisfy Judge Galicia to sign them atonce. However, it is my request to Judge Galicia, thru your kind mediation, that if thepreparation of these Decisions do not suit his consideration, then I am ready andwilling to accept his suggestions or correction to charge or modify them for the better. And to this effect, kindly relay at once what he is going to say or thinks if he signsthem readily and please request for each copy for our hold.xxx xxx xxxPlease excuse this delay, and thanks for your kind assistance in attending to our cases there. Regards to you and family and prayer for your more vigor and success.Bothely you

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