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Carandang’s accuser barred from law practice for 2 years

/ 07:21 AM February 10, 2018
Melchor Arthur H. Carandang

Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur H. Carandang (File photo by LYN RILLON / Philippine Daily Inquirer)

The lawyer who brought the complaint that led to Malacañang’s suspension of Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang has been barred by the Supreme Court from practicing his profession for two years for unethical conduct.

His misdeed? Endlessly blocking the enforcement of a lower court’s ruling arising from his failure to settle a P34,000 loan he took out from the Government Service and Insurance System (GSIS) 50 years ago.

The high court said Eligio Mallari violated the lawyer’s oath by resorting to “dilatory moves” in preventing the GSIS from foreclosing two parcels of lands which he used as mortgage for a loan he got in 1968.

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The suspension order was meted out on Mallari on Jan. 10 but was made public only on Friday.—MARLON RAMOS

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