SC sacks Valenzuela court clerk for insubrodination, poor performance

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The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed a clerk of the Valenzuela City Regional Trial Court (RTC) for insubordination and poor performance.

In a recent en banc decision, the SC found Honorio Raul Guevara guilty of gross neglect of duty, gross insubordination, and gross inefficiency and incompetence in the performance of official duties. Guevara was also disqualified from reemployment in the government.

Branch 270 Officer-in-Charge Clerk of Court Milagros Malubay, in her complaint, accused Guevara of continuously disobeying the instructions in at least 13 memoranda issued by Judge Evangeline Francisco and Clerk of Court Maribel Fernandez from 2012 to 2014.

This was on top of receiving two consecutive “unsatisfactory” performance ratings for the periods of July to December 2014 and January to June 2015.

“He repeatedly failed to update the criminal dockets under his custody; was careless in attaching documents to their corresponding case records; and did not prepare the case records for prompt transmission to the CA (Court of Appeals) despite the specific instructions and constant reminders from his superiors. In addition, parts of the records of some criminal cases went missing while under his custody,” read the per curiam decision.

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