SC sacks Cavite court stenographer over fake annulment ruling scam
The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed a Cavite City court stenographer for deceiving an annulment complainant into paying a fee in exchange for a favorable ruling.
In a recent 6-page en banc decision, the SC found Cavite City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 16 court stenographer Cesar Calpo guilty of grave misconduct and serious dishonesty, and perpetually disqualified him from reemployment in the government.
Complainant Zenmond Duque, a member of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), claimed Calpo in October or November 2010 volunteered to help him secure the favorable ruling in exchange for P150,000, as evidenced by receipts.
In November 2011, Calpo allegedly gave Duque a copy of Judge Perla Cabrera-Faller’s purported decision to grant his annulment complaint.
Upon verification, Duque learned that the annulment case did not actually exist and Cabrera-Faller’s signature was a forgery.
The SC said Duque’s “actuations clearly demonstrate an intent to violate the law or a persistent disregard of well-known rules.”
“A public servant is expected to exhibit, at all times, the highest degree of honesty and integrity and should be made accountable to all those whom he serves,” read the decision. “Unfortunately, respondent failed to exact the same integrity, propriety, decorum, and honesty.”