CA affirms suspension of DOJ Lawyer

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THE Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the ruling of the Office of the Ombudsman suspending a lawyer of the Department of Justice (DOJ) for maintaining a lucrative lifestyle and failing to file his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth. In an 11-page decision dated November 2, 2014 but released only recently, the CA’s Special 4th Division, through Associate Justice Edwin Sorongon, denied the petition filed by lawyer Elmer Cris Rillo as it affirmed the September 3, 2009 Decision and May 31, 2011 Order of the Ombudsman finding him guilty of Simple Misconduct. Records of the case showed that lawyer Teresita Reyes-Domingo, Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs and concurrent Officer-in-Charge of the Technical Staff of the DOJ, discovered that Rillo incurred tardiness and absences from his work due to several trips abroad.

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