Manila clerk of court banned from government for failing to transmit case records
The Supreme Court has banned now-resigned Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 9 Clerk of Court Emmanuel Villanueva from government employment over the delay in transmitting the case records of a qualified trafficking convict.
In a recent 8-page en banc decision, the SC found Villanueva guilty of simple neglect of duty in mishandling the case of Police Officer 2 (PO2) Dennis Reci.
His brother Darwin Reci complained that while Dennis promptly appealed the September 2009 decision sentencing him to life imprisonment, he discovered three years later that the records have not been transmitted to the Court of Appeals (CA).
Though Villanueva tried to pass the blame onto court stenographer Sonia Carreon, the SC said that as clerk of court, he “occupies a very sensitive position” and “is responsible for the shortcomings of his subordinates.”
This was not the first time Villanueva was found guilty of simple neglect of duty, as he was already suspended for 3 months in 2010 on account of a judicial audit.
Since he had already resigned in 2012, he could no longer be dismissed, so the court forfeited his benefits and barred him from government employment.