Yesterday, the Supreme Court disbarred a lady lawyer who was found guilty of grave misconduct and violations of the Lawyer’s Oath and the Code of Professional Responsibility.
Atty. Marie Frances E. Ramon was stripped of her license to practice law for claiming that she could influence Court of Appeals (CA) justices and fabricating a court decision in order to collect huge amount of money from a client.
But this was not the first time the high court whipped her ass.
Prior to her disbarment, Atty. Ramon was also suspended from the practice of law by the SC for a period of five years. In 2016, the Supreme Court, in the case entitled, Verlita V. Mercullo and Raymond Vedano vs. Atty. Marie Frances E. Ramon, found her guilty of violating the Code of Professional Responsibility and the Lawyer’s Oath for deceiving a client in order to obtain the substantial amount of P350,000.00 after having made them believe that she could assist them in ensuring the redemption of a foreclosed property.
In its decision, the SC said: “As a lawyer, the respondent was proscribed from engaging in unlawful, dishonest, immoral or deceitful conduct in her dealings with others, especially clients whom she should serve with competence and diligence.”
The dispositive portion of the decision, reads:
“WHEREFORE, the Court FINDS and HOLDS ATTY . MARIE FRANCES E. RAMON guilty of violating Canon 1, Rule 1.01 of the Code of Professional Responsibility and the Lawyer’s Oath; SUSPENDS HER FROM THE PRACTICE OF LAW FOR A PERIOD OF FIVE YEARS EFFECTIVE FROM NOTICE, with the STERN WARNING that any similar infraction in the future will be dealt with more severely; ORDERS her to return to the complainants the sum of P350,000.00 within 30 days from notice, plus legal interest of 6% per annum reckoned from the finality of this decision until full payment; and DIRECTS her to promptly submit to this Court written proof of her compliance within the same period of 30 days from notice of this decision.”