Facts: In 2004 to 2007, four administrative cases were filed against Atty. Jeremias Vitan, in each of which he was found guilty and meted the penalty of suspension from the practice of law. In 2009, Atty. Vitan filed a petition praying that he be reinstated as a member of the Philippine Bar and be allowed to resume the practice of law claiming that he had already served the penalty of suspension and he is now reformed.
Issue: Whether or not Atty. Vitan can be reinstated as a member of the Philippine bar.
Decision: Yes provided he furnish sworn statements to the IBP and executive judge(s) showing that he completely served his suspensions, and he complied with the court’s orders. Any finding or report contrary to the statements made under oath shall be a ground for the imposition of a more severe punishment.
Case Digest Author
Lenard L. Bautista
Arellano University School of Law