10 Court orders are to be respected not because the justices or judges who

10 court orders are to be respected not because the

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10 Court orders are to be respected not because the justices or judges who issue them should be respected, but because of the respect and consideration that should be extended to the judicial branch of the government. This is absolutely essential if our government is to be a government of laws and not of men. 11 Here, Atty. Paras admitted that he had been less than prudent, and indeed fell short, of his obligation to follow, obey and comply with the specific Order of the Honorable Supreme Court contained in Its Resolution dated July 18, 2005 due to his deteriorating health condition which required
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him to undergo a coronary angiogram and bypass graft . 12 He likewise expressed his profound and immeasurable sorrowness amidst regrets for his delayed compliance with the Court's order. TaEIcS Given the above, the Court takes this opportunity to remind the parties in the instant case, as well petitioner-movant's counsels, to avoid further squabbles and unnecessary filing of administrative cases against each other. An examination of the records reveals a pervasive atmosphere of animosity between Atty. Paras and petitioner's counsels as evidenced by the number of administrative cases between them. It is well to stress that mutual bickerings and unjustified recriminations between attorneys detract from the dignity of the legal profession and will not receive sympathy from this Court. 13 Lawyers should treat each other with courtesy, fairness, candor and civility. 14 All told, the Court deems a reprimand with warning as a sufficient sanction for Atty. Paras' failure to promptly comply with its directives. The imposition of this sanction in the present case would be more consistent with the avowed purpose of a disciplinary case, which is not so much to punish the individual attorney as to protect the dispensation of justice by sheltering the judiciary and the public from the misconduct or inefficiency of officers of the court. 15 ACCORDINGLY, the Motion for Contempt and/or Disbarment is DENIED. However, Atty. Justo Paras is hereby REPRIMANDED for his failure to observe the respect due the Court in not promptly complying with this Court's resolution, with WARNING that a more drastic punishment will be imposed upon him for a repetition of the same act. SO ORDERED. ||| (Yap-Paras v. Paras, A.C. No. 4947 (Resolution), [June 7, 2007], 551 PHIL 338-344) In Re: Almacen, 31 SCRA 562 FACTS: Atty. Vicente Raul Almacen filed a “Petition to Surrender the Lawyer’s Certificate of Title” to the Supreme Court as a sign of his protest as against to what he call a tribunal “peopled by people who are calloused to our pleas for justice…”. He also expressed strong words as against the judiciary like “justice… is not only blind, but also deaf and dumb.” . The petition rooted from the case he lost due to the absence of time and place in his motion in the trial court. His appeal was dismissed in the Court of Appeals by reason of jurisprudence. In a petition for certiorari in the Supreme Court, it was again dismissed thru a minute resolution. With the disappointments, he thought of this sacrificial move. He
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