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e. Case was referred to the IBP which recommended the dismissal of the case and allowed him to take the oath. Issue: W/N respondent should take the oath Ruling: The facts of the case do not constitute gross immorality warranting the exclusion of the respondent from the legal profession. To justify suspension or disbarment the act complained of must not only be immoral, but grossly immoral. “A grossly immoral act is one that is so corrupt and false as to constitute a criminal act or so unprincipled or disgraceful as to be reprehensible to a high degree.” It is a willful, flagrant, or shameless act which shows a moral indifference to the opinion of respectable members of the community. Mere intimacy between a man and a woman, both of whom possess no impediment to marry, voluntarily carried on and devoid of any deceit on the part of respondent, is neither so corrupt nor so unprincipled as to warrant the imposition of disciplinary sanction against him, even if as a result of such relationship a child was born out of wedlock. Complainant was then an adult who voluntarily and actively pursued their relationship and was not an innocent young girl who could be easily led astray. We cannot help viewing the instant complaint as an act of revenge of a woman scorned, bitter and unforgiving to the end. Even assuming that respondent’s past indiscretions are ignoble, the twenty-six years that respondent has been prevented from being a lawyer constitute sufficient punishment therefor. CASE DISMISSED.
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22. Cordova v Cordova Facts: i. Complainant Salvacion Delizo charged her husband, Atty. Laurence D. Cordova, with immorality and acts unbecoming a member of the Bar. ii. It was forwarded to IBP for investigation iii. Hearing never took place because complainant failed to appear. iv. Respondent Cordova never moved to set aside the order of default, even though notices of the hearings scheduled were sent to him. v. In 1989, complainant, in a telegarm, informed IBP that she and husband have reconciled. vi. Court asked for both parties to submit a motion to dismiss but none was had. vii. The IBP Board of Governors submitted to this Court its report reprimanding respondent for his acts, admonishing him that any further acts of immorality in the future will be dealt with more severely, and ordering him to support his legitimate family as a responsible parent should. Issue: W/N respondent conducted himself in a manner unbecoming of a member of the Bar Ruling: After a review of the record, we agree with the findings of fact of the IBP Board. We also agree that the most recent reconciliation between complainant and respondent, assuming the same to be real, does not excuse and wipe away the misconduct and immoral behavior of the respondent carried out in public, and necessarily adversely reflecting upon him as a member of the Bar and upon the Philippine Bar itself.
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