GenSan legal researcher suspended for publicizing complaint versus acting clerk of court
The Supreme Court (SC) has suspended for one year a legal researcher of the General Santos City Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) for publicizing his protest against the designation of the acting clerk of court.
In a recent 6-page decision, the SC 1st Division found MTCC Branch 3 legal researcher Ruel Delicana guilty of simple misconduct and sternly warned him against repeating the offense.
Delicana would have been dismissed, but the SC took note of his 17 “long years of service,” as well as his reconciliation with complainant Mary Jane Ganer-Corpuz.
The case arose from Delicana’s July 7, 2015 letter protesting the designation of outsider Ganer-Corpuz, the sheriff of the Office of the MTCC Clerk of Court, to be the acting clerk of court of MTCC Branch 3.
Delicana questioned the designation because it was agreed during a February 3, 2014 meeting that the acting clerk of court would be chosen from among the branch’s staff.
He also said Ganer-Corpuz could not be fair towards him, because he previously questioned her designation as the acting clerk of court of Alabel, Sarangani, Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 38.
But, Delicana disseminated copies of his protest letter, his administrative complaint and the minutes of the office meeting to 13 recipients, including the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA), court judges, the chief city prosecutor, the chief public attorney in the city, the city government led by Mayor Ronnel Rivera, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), and the Philippine Association of Court Employees (PACE).
While Ganer-Corpuz withdrew her complaint, the SC maintained that Delicana should be punished for having “contributed to the erosion of the public’s confidence in the judiciary.”
“Indeed, the Court frowns upon any display of animosity. by any court employee. Colleagues in the judiciary, including those occupying the lowliest positions, are entitled to basic courtesy arid respect,” read the decision penned by Associate Justice Noel Tijam.