Lawyer Marie Frances Ramon was found guilty of violating the Lawyer’s Oath, Canons 1, 7, 10, and Rules 1.01, 1.02, 7.03, 10.01, 10.02, and 10.03 of the Code of Professional Responsibility and Grave Misconduct, the High Tribunal said adding that her disbarment is without prejudice to the civil or criminal cases pending and/or to be filed against her.
“Atty. Ramon has tarnish(ed) the image of the legal profession and has lessened the public faith in the Judiciary. Hence, the ultimate penalty of disbarment must be imposed upon her,” the Court said Tuesday.
An administrative complaint arose from the joint complaint-affidavit for disbarment filed by CA Associate Justices Fernanda Lampas-Peralta, chairperson of the Sixth Division; Stephen C. Cruz, senior member of the Fifth Division; and Ramon Paul L. Hernando, then junior member of the Fifth Division, who is now SC Associate Justice.
Ramon represented herself as a lawyer who can influence appellate court justices to secure an acquittal of an accused; defrauding the relatives of an accused to amass a large amount of money, and committing the crimes of estafa and falsification.
Based on the findings of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and the recommendation of the IBP Board of Governors, which was adopted by the Court, Ramon lured Maria Rossan De Jesus into giving her huge sum of money by promising to secure the acquittal of her cousin Tirso Fajardo.
The investigation showed Ramon also hoodwinked her clients by drafting a sham decision regarding the purported acquittal of Fajardo and placed the names of the CA justices in the fake decision although the case was assigned in a different division and assigned to a different CA magistrate.