Lawyer with 3 wives gets SC reprieve

Posted at 02/07/2013 9:10 PM | Updated as of 02/08/2013 10:22 AM

MANILA - The Supreme Court has allowed a lawyer who had 3 wives to return to the legal profession.

Lawyer Edmundo Macarubbo will be reinstated in the Roll of Attorneys after he "sufficiently" showed "remorse and acknowledged his indiscretion in the legal profession and in his personal life," the 6-page resolution penned by Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe said.

The 58-year-old Macarubbo was disbarred in 2004 over a bigamous marriage with complainant Florence Teves and another Josephine Constantino.

Macarubbo married the 2 women while his first marriage to Helen Esparza was still valid.

He was found guilty of gross immoral conduct in violation of Canon 1, Rule 1.01 and Canon 7, Rule 7.03 of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

After he was disbarred, Macarubbo returned to his hometown in Enrile, Cagayan, tending an orchard and take caring of his mother.

He also taught at at the University of Cagayan Valley and F.L. Vargas College and worked for the local government of Enrile, Cagayan.

He later asked forgiveness from his children with Teves and settled his marital squabbles.

The local chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and priest Rev. Fr. Camilo Castillejos Jr. supported Macarubbo’s plea for reinstatement.

The Supreme Court, in granting Macarubbo's plea to be allowed to return to the legal profession, said it has a duty to be compassionate people who have reformed their ways.

"[Macarubbo] still has productive years ahead of him that could significantly contribute to the upliftment of the law profession and the betterment of society," the high court said.