High tribunal clears justice, clerk of court


THE Supreme Court (SC) dismissed the administrative complaint filed against Associate Justice Martin Villarama Jr. and en banc clerk of court lawyer Enriqueta Vidal.

In a full court ruling, the tribunal junked the complaint filed by one Ricky Pollo against Villarama and Vidal for gross neglect of duty, violation of ethical standards, ignorance of the law, conduct prejudicial to the service and abuse of authority.

The complaint arose from the petition filed by Pollo that was denied by the en banc in 2011. The ruling was penned by Villarama, with four justices registering their dissent.

Pollo said Villarama willfully “distorted the facts and submitted a flawed ponencia to the en banc” when he relied on jurisprudence that was           not on all fours with the     factual milieu.

On the other hand, the complaint posited that Vidal usurped her authority, among others, when she issued a notice that the court en banc issued a resolution denying his motion for reconsideration.

In the SC ruling, the court held that “Attys. Villarama and Vidal [have]no part in the deliberations of [the case.]”

The tribunal dismissed the complaint for Pollo’s “failure to show a prima facie case against the respondents.”


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