Dismissed with forfeiture of all retirement benefits except accrued leave credits was Judge Ofelia Pinto of the Angeles City RTC Branch 60.
was also barred from re-employment in any branch, agency or instrumentality of the government, including government-owned or controlled corporations.
The SC acted on an anonymous complaint received by it in 2010.
An investigation conducted by the office of Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez found that Pinto
"misapplied the law and disregarded the final and executor decision of the CA, a higher court" when she
granted the motion of a convict to reopen his
According to the SC, "Judge Pinto
had no jurisdiction to entertain the motion filed by the
cannot relax mandatory rules to justify the award of judicial reliefs that are beyond her
judicial authority to give."
In 2004, Pinto
had been reprimanded for gross inefficiency and neglect of duty.
In 2010, she
was fined for simple misconduct and gross ignorance of the law.