Macario Carpio: SC suspends lawyer for another six months for failing to obey order to return client’s title

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The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the suspension of abogado Macario Carpio for another six months for failing to abide by its September 26, 2011 order to return the title of his client.

In a recent 5-page resolution, the SC 1st Division rejected Carpio’s argument blaming complainant Valentin Miranda for not personally claiming the copy of the original certificate of title from him.

Carpio claimed he could not give it to Miranda because of his advanced age and sickl condition. He also argued that he could not just release the document to anyone but the complainant himself in the interest of security.

But, the SC said: “The order of the Court was clearly directed at him, and for him alone, to comply. He cannot simply pass this obligation to the complainant.”

The SC also faulted Carpio for accepting a case without first having his earlier six-month suspension lifted, saying financial necessity was “not a valid excuse” to disregard his sanction.

The resolution was penned by Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta.

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