Supreme Court disbars lawyer for faking CA decision in favor of client

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 05 2019 04:21 PM

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday disbarred a lawyer who faked a Court of Appeals (CA) decision supposedly acquitting her client in a drug case.

The high court ordered the name of lawyer Marie Frances Ramon stricken off the Roll of Attorneys after she was found guilty of violating the Lawyer’s Oath and several provisions of the Code of Professional Responsibility, SC Public Information Office chief Brian Keith Hosaka said.

Ramon was found to have “defrauded her clients by drafting a fake, spurious, and sham decision” purportedly acquitting her client Tirso Fajardo, who was accused of violating sections 5 (drug sale) and 7 (visiting or working for a drug den) of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The three justices who supposedly signed the decision – CA Associate Justices Fernanda Lampa-Peralta and Stephen Cruz, and now SC Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando – lodged a joint complaint-affidavit against Ramon.

The high court found that Ramon used the name of the 3 justices even while the criminal case of Fajardo was raffled to a different division and assigned to a different justice.

The top court also held that Ramon had falsely claimed that she could secure the acquittal of her client, defrauded her client of P1 million, and committed estafa and falsification.

The findings of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) commission and the recommendation of the IBP board were adopted by the high court.

Aside from disbarment, Ramon is facing other civil or criminal cases.