Feb 13, 2020 @ 8:34

Six days late: SC admonishes Makati judge for delay in case of Aquino admin tourism exec

The Supreme Court (SC) has admonished retired Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 57 Judge Honorio Guanlao, Jr., because he acted six days too late on a quo warranto case filed by an appointee of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III against her replacement.

In a recent 6-page minute resolution, the SC 1st Division found Guanlao guilty of the administrative offense of undue delay in rendering an order.

The SC opted for a light penalty given his “long years of service and lack of bad faith,” as well as the fact that this was his first offense.

The case arose from the complaint of abogado Minerva Aldaba-Morada, whom Aquino appointed as acting Mimaropa regional director of the Department of Tourism in 2014. On November 28, 2016, she filed the quo warranto case against her replacement Danilo Intong.

After Intong filed a motion to dismiss and Aldaba-Morada was able to respond, Guanlao submitted the issue for resolution on June 16, 2017. The judge granted Intong’s motion to dismiss on September 20, 2017.

The SC adopted the Office of the Court Administrator’s (OCA) findings that Guanlao resolved the motion to dismiss six days too late, as the 90-day period ended on September 14, 2017.

The resolution was signed by Division Clerk of Court Librada Buena.

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