SC junks gross ignorance complaint versus Malolos judge

The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed the complaint filed against Malolos City, Bulacan, Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 21 Judge Crisostomo Dañguilan over alleged gross ignorance of the law and irregularities in handling a murder case.

In a recent 9-page minute resolution, the SC 1st Division said Dañguilan’s acts “were not attended with any ulterior motive causing prejudice to complainant” Jhun Ann Viray, the sister of the murder victim in Criminal Case Number 4527-M-2014.

“Respondent merely acted in the exercise of his judicial functions to properly adjudicate the criminal case,” read the minute resolution signed by Division Clerk of Court Librada Buena.

Viray alleged that Dañguilan committed the following acts:
– Requiring the parties to file their memoranda first instead of directly submitting the case for resolution;
– Dating the order on December 6, 2017 even as the prosecution’s memorandum was only received later on December 14, 2017.
– Issuing a January 11, 2018 resolution that granted the accused’s petition for bail without specifying the amount.
– Issuing a March 13, 2018 order that denied the prosecution’s motion for reconsideration without a hearing.
– Failing to notice that the accused’s certificate of detention was not updated prior to approving his surety bond.
– Failing to cancel the hearing scheduled on April 4, 2018 despite inhibiting from the criminal case on March 13, 2018.
– Keeping the records in his custody despite his inhibition until April 16, 2018; the records were also not stitched, increasing the risk of tampering.

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