SC sacks Benguet court process server for showing penis to janitress
The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed a Benguet court process server for showing his genitals to a janitress while she was taking out the trash on October 6, 2012.
In a recent 7-page en banc decision, the SC found La Trinidad Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 10 process server Jude Sales, Sr., guilty of disgraceful and immoral conduct.
Sales denied showing his genitals and claimed he was busy inside the staff room at the time. He claimed the janitress filed the complaint in retaliation, as he had sued her for oral defamation, slander by deed and intriguing against honor.
The SC, however, gave weight to Sales’s conviction for the crime of unjust vexation in a May 14, 2014 verdict by the La Trinidad Municipal Trial Court (MTC).
It took the criminal conviction to mean the threshold of “substantial evidence” was satisfied in the administrative case.
The SC added this was already the second time Sales was disciplined for disgraceful and immoral conduct.
It had already suspended Sales for 6 months in an October 15, 2014 resolution on a case involving a court interpreter.
“Clearly, respondent has not learned his lesson, thus, calling for the harsh penalty of dismissal from the service,” read the decision.
“Respondent’s actuation in this case is reprehensible and has no place in any decent society, more so in the premises of the [Hall of Justice] that deserves respect from its employees even during unofficial hours,” it added.