THE Supreme Court yesterday disbarred a lawyer for claiming that she can influence justices of the Court of Appeals to acquit a man facing charges for illegal drugs.
In an en banc ruling, the high court disbarred Atty. Marie Frances E. Ramon and ordered her name immediately stricken off the Roll of Attorneys without prejudice to the civil or criminal cases pending or to be filed against her.
Her disbarment stemmed from the consolidated complaint filed by CA Associate Justices Fernanda Lampas-Peralta, chairperson of the Sixth Division, Stephen C. Cruz, senior member of the Fifth Division, and Ramon Paul L. Hernando, then junior member of the Fifth Division, now a member of the SC.
The lawyer was found guilty of violating the Lawyer’s Oath, Canons 1, 7, 10, and Rules 1.01, 1.02, 7.03, 10.01, 10.02, and 10.03 of the Code of Professional Responsibility and Grave Misconduct.
Records showed that Ramon boasted to a certain Maria Rossan De Jesus that she can secure the acquittal of one Tirso Fajardo, a cousin of De Jesus, for violation of Sections 5 and 7 of Republic Act 9165 (The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) at the CA with the help of the magistrates.
Ramon also defrauded her clients by drafting a sham decision regarding the “acquittal” of Fajardo, and placed the names of the complainant-CA justices in the fake decision even though the case was raffled off to a different division and justices.
“Atty. Ramon has tarnished the image of the legal profession and has lessened the public faith in the Judiciary. Hence, the ultimate penalty of disbarment must be imposed upon her,” the SC said in a statement.