By Rey Panaligan
A clerk in the office of the clerk of court of the regional trial court (RTC) in Valenzuela City was dismissed by the Supreme Court (SC) for gross neglect of duty, gross insubordination, and gross inefficiency and incompetence in the performance of official duties.
Dismissed was clerk III Honorio C. Guevara whose benefits were forfeited except accrued leave benefits. He was disqualified from re-employment in the government service.
A press statement issued by the SC’s public information office (PIO) stated that the complaint against Guevara was initiated by Milagros P. Malubay, officer-in-charge of the office of the clerk of court of RTC’s Branch 270.
The PIO said that Guevara “had received two consecutive ‘unsatisfactory’ performance ratings from 01 July 2014 to 30 June 2015; had also continuously disobeyed the instructions contained in several memoranda issued by Presiding Judge Evangeline M. Francisco and the Clerk of Court; and had been relieved from his duties as the clerk-in-charge for criminal cases following the discovery of the loss of court records under his custody.”
Quoting from the SC resolution, the PIO said “such loss of court records while in his custody reflected his lack of diligence in performing his duties, and indubitably revealed his uncharacteristic indifference to and wanton abandonment of his regular assigned duties and responsibilities.”
For gross insubordination, the PIO said that Guevara “frequently disobeyed or ignored without any valid justification his superiors’ directives and instructions for the conscientious performance of his duties.”
It also said that for inefficiency and gross incompetence, the SC noted that Guevara’s receipt of two unsatisfactory ratings for two consecutive semesters is “a true demonstration of how poorly and ineptly he had discharged his assigned tasks.”