By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY — The Supreme Court (SC) penalized retired Judge Danilo P. Galvez in Iloilo after failing to resolve cases for a span of 16 years.
Manila Bulletin obtained a copy of SC’s Third Decision that found Galvez, formerly of Regional Trial Court (RTC Branch 24), guilty of gross misconduct.
In a nine-page decision, Associate Justice Henri Jean Paul B. Inting said Galvez did not act on cases he inherited from Judge Bartolome Fanuñal, who retired in April 2001.
The August 14, 2019 decision that was recently released, meted Galvez with a penalty of fine equivalent to his six-month salary, which is deducted from his retirement gratuity.
The Office of the Court Administrator (OCA) unearthed the unresolved cases in 2018 when Galvez was processing his papers for retirement.
OCA found Galvez did not follow two SC directives in 2002 to settle the unsolved criminal and civil cases from Fanuñal’s bench.
Galvez, who was asked to explain why the cases were unresolved, claimed he was unaware of the two SC directives in 2002.
But the SC was not convinced while noting the dubiousness of an omission of the docket number for the sole case Galvez supposedly decided on.
Due to these circumstances, the SC considered Galvez’s conduct as “blatant disregard and refusal to respect the Court’s directive.”