Republic of the
ROMULO A. DELES, G.R. NO. 163986
- versus - YNARES-SANTIAGO,
CALLEJO, SR., and
HON. PEPITO GELLADA and
HON. MA. LORNA P. DEMON-
TEVERDE, in their Official Capacities
as Acting Presiding Judges of Regional
Trial Court, Branch 53, Negros
Occidental and Municipal Trial Court
in Cities, Branch 2, Bacolod City,
Respondents. March 23, 2006
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R E S O L U T I O N
Before the Court is a Motion for Clemency Ad Cautelam filed by petitioner Atty. Romulo A. Deles praying that the Court, acting as a Court of Equity, set aside the sentence of Imprisonment for Indirect Contempt of Court for joining rallies and demonstrations within the immediate vicinity of the Supreme Court or the Halls of Justice carrying placards, posters and streamers announcing, among other things:
Judge Labayen Judge Diamante
Judge Hilario Judge Rojo
Judge Demonteverde Hoodlums in Robes
STOP Demolition of Farmers (sic) Beneficiaries Houses
Pls. Do not usurp the powers of DAR, PARAD & DARAB, other RESIGN.
and, in its place, to impose against
petitioner the penalty of Suspension for Sixty (60) days from the practice of
law, and in addition thereto, to impose on him a fine of
originally meted out by MTCC Judge Lorna P. Demonteverde.
his Comment, Judge Pepito Gellada, Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court,
Branch 53, Negros Occidental interposes no objection for the lower courts
judges have been vindicated, and justice has been served with the affirmation
of the Court of the indirect contempt committed by petitioner and the
corresponding penalty of 20 days imprisonment and fine of
P4,000.00. Moreover, petitioner Atty. Romulo A. Deles
appears to be contrite and sincere in his plea for clemency.
the Motion for Clemency Ad Cautelam
is GRANTED. The penalty of
imprisonment of 20 days is SET ASIDE.
In its stead Atty. Romulo A. Deles is SUSPENDED from the practice
of law for a period of 60 days which is immediately executory from receipt of
this Resolution. The fine of
originally imposed stands.
MA. ALICIA AUSTRIA-MARTINEZ
ARTEMIO V. PANGANIBAN
CONSUELO YNARES-SANTIAGO ROMEO J. CALLEJO, SR.
Associate Justice Associate Justice
MINITA V. CHICO-NAZARIO
Pursuant to Section 13, Article VIII of the Constitution, it is hereby certified that the conclusions in the above Resolution were reached in consultation before the case was assigned to the writer of the opinion of the Courts Division.
ARTEMIO V. PANGANIBAN