Malvar vs. Baleros A.C. No. 11346, 08 March 2017

Facts: Dr. Malvar claimed that Atty. Baleros, by notarizing an assailed “Application for Certification of Alienable and Disposable Land”, made it appear that he executed the same when in truth, he never went to the office of the latter since he was in Manila at the time of the alleged notarization and was busy performing his duties as a doctor. Accordingly, Dr. Malvar filed a disbarment complaint against Atty. Baleros for acts amounting to grave misconduct consisting of falsification of public documents. On the other hand, Atty. Baleros argued that the charges filed against her were all part of Dr. Malvar’s scheme to avoid his obligations to the buyer of his lot.

Issue: Whether or not Atty. Baleros should be held administratively liable.

Decision: Yes. Atty. Baleros shall be made liable not only as a notary public who failed to discharge her duties but also as a lawyer who exhibited utter disregard to the integrity and dignity he owed to the legal profession. Atty. Baleros is ordered:
1. Suspended for six (6) months;
2. Revoked notarial commission;
3. Disqualified from being commissioned as a notary public for two (2) years;
4. Warned that repetition would be dealt with more severely

Credit to:
Case Digest Author
Lenard L. Bautista
Arellano University School of Law

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