SC suspends abogado for one year over anomalous notarization
The Supreme Court (SC) has suspended abogado Anselmo Mabuti for one year for notarizing a memorandum of agreement in 2009, when he was not actually commissioned as a notary public in Manila.
In a recent 6-page decision, the SC 2nd Division also revoked Mabuti’s incumbent commission as a notary public and prohibited him from being commissioned as a notary public for one year.
Mabuti was found guilty of violation of the 2004 Rules on Notarial Practice, as well as Rule 1.01, Canon 1 and Canon 7 of the Code of Professional Responsibility (CPR).
“Where the notarization of a document is done by a member of the Philippine Bar at a time when he has no authorization or commission to do so, an act which the Court has characterized as reprehensible, constituting as it does, not only malpractice, but also the crime of falsification of public documents, the offender may be subjected to disciplinary action,” read the decision penned by Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe.
The case arose from an administrative complaint filed by Norberto Collantes.