Retired Isabela judge faces disbarment over money issues
Former presiding judge Fe Albano Madrid of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 21, Santiago City, Isabela had been required to explain why she should not be disbarred for violating Canons 1 and 7 and Rule 1.01 of the Code of Professional Responsibility.
This was after the Supreme Court Financial Audit Team found, among others, shortages in the judiciary funds, tampering of official receipts, and over-withdrawal of cash bonds worth P6.5 million allegedly committed by Angelina C. Rillorta, Santiago City RTC’s retired Officer-in-Charge (OIC).
Madrid claimed that she did not know that Rillorta had voluntarily submitted herself for audit, but admitted that she knew that COA has always been auditing the financial records of the court.
She also confirmed that she helped Rillorta prepare her answer to the administrative charge against her, and advised her to plead good faith because there was no intention on her part to be dishonest.
In its full court verdict, the SC found Madrid, now retired, “guilty of grave misconduct and serious dishonesty and all her retirement
benefits, except her accrued leave benefits, are forfeited, with prejudice to re-employment in any branch of the government, including government-owned or controlled corporations.”
It also found Rillorta guilty of grave misconduct and all her retirement benefits, except her accrued leave benefits, are forfeited,
with prejudice to re-employment in any branch of the government, including government-owned or controlled corporations.
Rillorta has been directed to restitute her shortages in the court funds after the computation of the exact amount of the shortages.