Olongapo clerk of court slapped with P40K fine for yelling ‘putang ina’ at vice-mayor

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The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered a former Olongapo City clerk of court to pay a P40,000 fine for uttering “putang ina” and disrespecting former Vice-Mayor Rolen Paulino while conducting demolition activities.

Making Rimando’s offense worse, he repeatedly failed to obey the orders of the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA) and even the SC to comment on Paulino’s complaint.

In a recent 9-page notice of resolution, the SC 2nd Division found former Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) Clerk of Court Alexander Rimando guilty of discourtesy in the course of official duties and gross insubordination.

The offense would have warranted the penalty of dismissal, but the SC already fired Rimando for insubordination in October 2009.

Paulino said that on August 2, 2005, he went to Sitio Maliwakat because the affected families appealed to be allowed to demolish their houses themselves, so they could still salvage the materials.

He asked Rimando to heed the residents’ pleas, but the latter allegedly ignored him. Rimando was quoted as saying “Putang ina, tuloy ang trabaho!” and “Walang Vice-Mayor, Vice-Mayor!”

The SC considered Rimando’s silence to be an implied admission of guilt, according to the notice signed by Deputy Division Clerk of Court Teresita Aquino Tuazon.

It said Canon IV, Section 2 of the Code of Conduct for Court Personnel required court personnel to carry out their responsibilities in as courteous a manner as possible.

It added that Rimando’s failure to comply with directives “constitutes a clear disrespect of this Court’s lawful orders.”

Rimando’s dismissal from the service in 2009 also arose from his refusal to explain himself in administrative cases.

The said case concerned the anomalous seizure of a van whose owner was not a party to the writ of execution. MTCC Branch 2 Judge Jacinto Gonzales ordered Rimando to explain. When he failed to do so, the judge elevated the issue to the OCA. Still he continued to be silent there.

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