THE Supreme Court has ordered the suspension for five years of a lawyer who notarized legal documents for a civil case without authority from a local court.
Ordered suspended was attorney Gerardo Wilfredo Alberto.
The High Court also permanently barred Alberto from being commissioned as a notary public.
The decision was penned by Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin.
The SC has found Alberto administratively liable for notarizing documents despite lack of necessary authority, allowing his client to sign a motion filed in court, and failing to indicate his Mandatory Continuing Legal Education compliance number.
Alberto notarized a supplemental agreement and an amended joint venture agreement which was attached to the civil case for recovery of possession filed by his client Cristeto Dinopol Jr. against Singfil Hydro Builders.
It was found out that Alberto was not commissioned by the Cavite City Regional Trial Court as a notary public in the city where he notarized the documents.
“The respondent, by making it appear that he had been duly commissioned to act as notary public, thereby vested the documents with evidentiary value. Yet, because of the absence of a notarial commission in his favor, he foisted a deliberate falsehood on the trial court,” the SC ruling said.