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FIRSTDIVISION

[A.M.No.P052059.August19,2005]

ATTY.AUDIEC.ARNADO,complainant,vs.EDILBERTOR.SUARIN,SheriffIII,MunicipalTrialCourtinCities,Branch8,CebuCity,
respondent.
DECISION
YNARESSANTIAGO,J.:

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Inhiscomplaint filed on October 3, 2003 with the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA), Atty. Audie C. Arnado charged Sheriff III Edilberto R. Suarin of
MunicipalTrialCourtinCities(MTCC)CebuCity,Branch8,withSeriousMisconduct,Oppression,HarassmentandUnethicalConductrelativetoCivilCaseNo.R
37529entitledLourdesL.Rosarosov.Sps.AudieandCarolineArnado.
ComplainantallegedthatSheriffSuarinprematurelyimplementedthewritofexecutionandservednoticestovacatebybanginghisgate,shoutingandcreating
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publicscandal,andpostingnoticesatthegatewhichcausedhimhumiliation.
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InhisComment, SheriffSuarinallegedthathemerelyimplementedthefinaldecisionofthetrialcourt. Hebeliedtheallegationsinthecomplaintandclaimed
that he always used the buzzer each time he served the notice in complainants residence that an employee of spouses Arnado would open the peep hole and
informhimthatthespousesarenotaroundtheninstructhimtoslipthenoticeintheopeningunderneaththegate.
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IntheMarch30,2003AgendaReport, theOCArecommendedthedismissalofthecomplaintagainstSheriffSuarinforlackofmeritandthatAtty.Arnadobe
directed to explain why he should not be administratively sanctioned for filing a frivolous complaint, which recommendation was adopted by this Court in its
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Resolution ofJune7,2004.
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In his Comment, Atty. Arnado maintained that his complaint against Sheriff Suarin is not frivolous and was not filed to exact revenge but to bring to the
attentionoftheCourtthecorruptactsofjudicialemployees.HeallegedthatJudgeMamertoY.ColifloresofMTCCCebuCity,BranchI,waspaidP30,000.00to
renderthejudgmentofevictionwhileSheriffSuarinreceivedP60,000.00toimplementthesame.Thelatterallegedlyimplementedthewritwithoutwaitingforthetrial
courtsresolutionoftheircomplainttoannulthesaleanddeedofdonation.

TheOCArecommendedthatcomplainant,Atty.ArnadobefinedintheamountofP5,000.00forfilingagroundlesssuit.

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WeagreewiththefindingsoftheOCA.
ItappearsthatinCivilCaseNo.R37529forEjectmentfiledbyLourdesL.RosarosoagainstspousesArnadobeforeMTCCCebuCity,Branch1,decisionwas
rendereddirecting,amongothers,spousesArnadotovacatethepremisesandturnoverphysicalpossessionthereoftoRosaroso.Thedecisionbecamefinaland
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executory onDecember9,1999perEntryofJudgmentissuedbytheJudicialRecordsOffice
ofthisCourt.
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OnApril28,2000,JudgeColifloresissuedaWritofExecution
butitsimplementationwasdelayed
becausespousesArnadofiledseveralmotions.They
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moved to quash the writ and/or suspend execution but the same was denied.
After denial of their motion for reconsideration,
they filed a petition for
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certiorari
withtheRTCprayingthatMTCCbeorderedtostayexecution
pendingresolutionofCivilCaseNo.CEB19194forNullityorAnnulmentofSaleand
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RevocationofDonationwithDamages
beforetheRTCofCebuCity.TheyalsomovedfortheinhibitionofJudgeColifloreswhichwasgranted,hence,thecase
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wasraffledtoMTCCCebuCity,Branch8,presidedbyJudgeEdgemeloC.Rosales.
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InanOrderdatedJanuary25,2002,
JudgeRosalesdirectedfullimplementationofthewrit.Again,Atty.Arnadomovedtoquashthewrit
butthesame
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was denied on February 19, 2002.
A Petition for Certiorari was filed before RTCCebu City, Branch 12 which was also denied.
The order dismissing the
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applicationforpreliminaryinjunctiontostopexecutionlikewisebecamefinalandexecutory.
ThewritwasimplementedinitiallybySheriffIIIRoldanArteswhoservedaNoticetoVacate,a2ndNoticetoVacateandNoticetoImplementWritofExecution,
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andaNoticeofLevyonExecutionuponRealProperty
whichwereallunheeded.Onsubsequentdates,
SheriffSuarinattemptedtoservethenotices,but
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spousesArnadowerenotaroundandthelattersemployeesrefusedhimentry.Thus,onOctober11,2002,anorder
tobreakopenthepremiseswasissuedby
JudgeRosales.
Atty. Arnado sought reconsideration of the break open order and moved to inhibit Judge Rosales and charged him administratively
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IgnoranceoftheLawandGraveAbuseofDiscretion.

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for Partiality, Gross

Incidentally,thisCourtdismissedAtty.ArnadoscomplaintagainstJudgeRosalesforlackofsufficientevidenceandatthesametimereferredthecountercharge
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ofJudgeRosalestotheOfficeoftheBarConfidantforappropriateaction.
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Thereafter,SheriffSuarinserveda2ndNoticetoVacatedatedJanuary7,2003,
3 NoticetoVacatedatedSeptember16,2003,
andaFinalNoticeto

VacatedatedOctober6,2003

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butonlytotheemployeesofspousesArnadobecausethelatterwerenotalwaysaround.

ItiswelltonotethatasearlyasDecember9,1999,thejudgmentintheejectmentcasehasbecomefinalandexecutory,butthroughlegalmaneuverings,Atty.
Arnadowasabletodelayitsexecutionforseveralyears.
Inadministrativeproceedings,complainantshavetheburdenofprovingbysubstantialevidencetheallegationsintheircomplaints.Administrativeproceedings
againstjudicialemployeesarebynature,highlypenalincharacterandaretobegovernedbytherulesapplicabletocriminalcases.Thequantumofproofrequired
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tosupporttheadministrativechargesshouldthusbemoresubstantialandtheymustbeprovenbeyondreasonabledoubt.
Inthiscase,Atty.Arnadonotonlylackedpersonalknowledgeofthechargesbutalsofailedtosubstantiatethem.HeclaimedthatSheriffSuarinbangedathis
gate,shoutedandpostednoticesatthegatebuthefailedtomentionthedetailsandthedatesonwhichtheseinfractionswereallegedtohavebeencommitted.He
presentednowitnessestoprovehisclaimparticularlyhisemployeeswhohadalwaysinformedthesheriffthatheandhiswifewereawayeachtimethenoticeswere
served.
Atty.ArnadomustknowthatitwastheministerialdutyofSheriffSuarintoimplementthewritofexecutionandthathewasmerelyfollowingalawfulorderofthe
court. This complaint was filed less than a month after his complaint against Judge Rosales was dismissed. Atty. Arnado must be sanctioned for filing this
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unfoundedcomplaint.Althoughnopersonshouldbepenalizedfortheexerciseoftherighttolitigate,however,thisrightmustbeexercisedingoodfaith.
Asofficersofthecourt,lawyershavearesponsibilitytoassistintheproperadministrationofjustice.Theydonotdischargethisdutybyfilingfrivolouspetitions
thatonlyaddtotheworkloadofthejudiciary.
Alawyerispartofthemachineryintheadministrationofjustice.Likethecourtitself,heisaninstrumenttoadvanceitsendsthespeedy,efficient,impartial,
correct and inexpensive adjudication of cases and the prompt satisfaction of final judgments. A lawyer should not only help attain these objectives but should
likewiseavoidunethicalorimproperpracticesthatimpede,obstructorpreventtheirrealization,chargedasheiswiththeprimarytaskofassistinginthespeedyand
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efficientadministrationofjustice.
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oftheCodeofProfessionalResponsibilitypromulgatedonJune21,1988isveryexplicitthatlawyersmustexert
everyeffortandconsiderittheirdutytoassistinthespeedyandefficientadministrationofjustice.
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In Retuya v. Gorduiz,
respondentlawyer was suspended for six (6) months for filing a groundless suit against a former client in order to harass and
embarrassher.Inthiscase,wefindthefineofP5,000.00,asrecommendedbyOCA,commensurateunderthecircumstances.
Thepracticeoflawisasacredandnobleprofession.Itislimitedtopersonsofgoodmoralcharacterwithspecialqualificationsdulyascertainedandcertified.
Therightdoesnotonlypresupposeinitspossessorintegrity,legalstandingandattainment,butalsotheexerciseofaspecialprivilege,highlypersonalandpartaking
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ofthenatureofapublictrust.
Thus,alawyershouldnotusehisknowledgeoflawasaninstrumenttoharassapartynortomisusejudicialprocesses,asthe
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sameconstitutesserioustransgressionoftheCodeofProfessionalResponsibility.
WHEREFORE,Atty.AudieC.ArnadoisFINEDintheamountofP5,000.00forfilinggroundlesssuit.HeisSTERNLYWARNEDthatarepetitionofthesameor
similaractwillbedealtwithmoreseverely.

SOORDERED.
Davide,Jr.,C.J.,Quisumbing,Carpio,andAzcuna,JJ.,concur.
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DocketedasAdministrativeMatterOCAIPINo.031367MTJtitledAudieC.Arnadov.JudgeEdgemeloC.Rosales,MTCC,CebuCity,Branch8.
PerResolutiondated8September2003,Rollo,p.54.
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Alawyershallexerteveryeffortandconsiderithisdutytoassistinthespeedyandefficientadministrationofjustice.
Adm.CaseNo.1388,28March1980,96SCRA526,529530.

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Peoplev.Santocildes,Jr.,G.R.No.109149,21December1999,321SCRA310,316.
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