Mar 14, 2021 @ 18:32

SC bars Lapu-Lapu councilor’s reappointment as notary public for 2 years

The Supreme Court (SC) has disqualified Lapu-Lapu City Councilor Ricardo Amores from being reappointed as a notary public for 2 years and issued a reminder to lawyers that a community tax certificate (CTC), or cedula, is no longer considered competent evidence of identity.

In an 8-page decision on A.C. No. 9417 dated November 18, the SC 3rd Division declared Amores guilty of violating the 2004 Rules on Notarial Practice and the Code of Professional Responsibility. It revoked any existing notarial commission that he may have.

Amores’s sanction arose from the complaint of John Paul Kiener who questioned his notarization of the secretary’s certificate executed by Irene Medalla, corporate secretary of Pado’s Divecamp Resort Corporation, on July 18, 2007.

At the time, Amores’s use of Medalla’s cedula was not yet a violation because it was prohibited only in 2008 following the SC’s decision in the case of Baylon versus Almo.

But, the SC held Amores liable because Medalla’s signature was merely printed and not handwritten. It was not convinced by Amores’s claim that Medalla signed one copy that was then reproduced, citing lack of proof.

“If indeed Irene had personally appeared before him, he should have asked her right then and there to affix her signature to each and every copy of the document, not just to one copy,” read the decision penned by Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando.

The SC also found that Amores failed to indicate the serial number of his notarial commission in the concluding part of the notarial certificate.

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