Sipalay Municipal Trial Court in Cities Judge Wenie Espinosa said he filed a case of perjury against a Binalbagan resident before the Bago City Prosecutor’s Office yesterday.
Named in his complaint is Ana Maria Haas of San Teodoro Subdivision, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental.
In his complaint-affidavit, Espinosa said an administrative complaint was filed against him before the Office of the Court Administrator of the Supreme Court by Theodore Britanico on Dec. 10, 2008, based on an affidavit of Haas dated Nov. 27, 2008.
“Haas, in her affidavit, made willful and deliberate allegations against me that were later found to be all falsehoods,” he said.
She stated that he used his position as judge to defraud her of P2,195,000, Espinosa said.
Haas claimed that Espinosa’s involvement as well as his wife led her “to easily depart with the said amount, without consulting the services of a lawyer.”
Haas prayed for a stiff penalty against me, which was dismissal from the service, forfeiture of benefits and disqualification from reinstatement or appointment to any public office, Espinosa said.
He, however, pointed out that report of Court Administrator Jose Peres and Deputy Court Administrator Reuben de la Cruz on April 2, 2009, said the administrative case against him was devoid of merit.
“As can be inferred from the records, the account submitted on the subject is bereft with relevant details to make the allegation credible. There is here no sufficient justification for the office to pursue the case,” the court administrator’s report said.
Espinosa said he did not have any transaction with Haas and, not withstanding her serious allegations against him, did not file any case against him in court.
Due to the apparent falsity of Haas’ accusation, the SC Second Division dismissed “for lack of merit” the administrative complaint filed against him, Espinosa said.
Filing of false charges amounts to perjury punishable under the Revised Penal Code, he added.*CPG