SC reconsiders clerk of court’s dismissal, imposes P50,000 fine instead
Citing her advanced age and her 3 decades of service, the Supreme Court (SC) has set aside the dismissal of a former Nueva Ecija clerk of court and imposed a P50,000 fine instead.
In a recent 6-page decision, the SC said there were several mitigating circumstances warranting a less harsh penalty in the case of San Antonio Municipal Trial Court (MTC) clerk of court Remedios Viesca, who was found guilty of gross neglect of duty over a P529,738.50 shortage in the judiciary collections.
Viesca was originally dismissed and disqualified from government service in the SC’s April 2015 decision, and her retirement benefits were ordered forfeited.
But, Viesca begged the SC’s compassion and asked it to consider her full payment of the shortages, her 34 years of government service, and the fact that this was her first administrative case. She also asked to be allowed to enjoy the fruit of her service at 68 years old.
“Indeed, while the Court is duty-bound to sternly wield a corrective hand to discipline errant employees and weed out those who are undesirable, it also has the discretion to temper the harshness of its judgment with mercy,” the SC said in granting her plea.