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Case digest of Caronan vs Caronan

A.C. 11316
July 12, 2016
Complainant: Patrick A. Caronan vs
Respondent: Richard A. Caronan a.k.a. Atty. Patrick A. Caronan
Facts:
Complainant and respondent are full siblings and both completed
their secondary education at Makati High School where they
graduated in 1993 and in 1991, respectively. Complainant
graduated at the University of Makati in 1997 with a degree in
Business Administration. He married Myrna G. Tapis in 2001 with
whom he has two daughters. Concurrently, respondent enrolled
at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) for one year and
then transferred to Philippine Military Academy in 1992 where he
was discharged after a year. Respondent was not able to obtain
any college degree since then. In 1999, respondent enrolled in St
Marys Law School in Nueva Vizcaya and passed the Bar
examinations in 2004. Complainant had knowledge of such
events but did not mind as he did not anticipate any adverse
consequences to him. In 2009, complainant realized that
respondent had been using his name to perpetrate crimes.
Complainant

filed

the

present

Complaint-Affidavit

to

stop

respondent's alleged use of the former's name and identity, and


illegal practice of law. Respondent denied all the allegations
against him and invoked res judicata as a defense. He maintained
that his identity can no longer be raised as an issue as it had
already been resolved in CBD Case No. 09-2362 where the IBP
Board of Governors dismissed the administrative case filed
against him, and which case had already been declared closed
and terminated by the Supreme Court in A.C. No. 10074.32
Moreover, according to him, complainant is being used by Reyes
and her spouse, Brigadier General Joselito M. Reyes, to humiliate,
disgrace, malign, discredit, and harass him because he filed
several administrative and criminal complaints against them
before the Ombudsman. On June 15, 2015, IBP Investigating

Commissioner Jose Villanueva Cabrera issued his Report and


Recommendation, finding respondent GUILTY of illegally and
falsely assuming complainant's name, identity, and academic
records. Since respondent falsely assumed the name, identity,
and academic records of complainant and the real "Patrick A.
Caronan" neither obtained the bachelor of laws degree nor took
the Bar Exams, the Investigating Commissioner recommended
that the name "Patrick A. Caronan" with Roll of Attorneys No.
49069 be dropped and stricken off the Roll of Attorneys. He also
recommended that respondent and the name "Richard A.
Caronan" be barred from being admitted as a member of the Bar;
and finally, for making a mockery of the judicial institution, the
IBP

was

directed

to

institute

appropriate

actions

against

respondent.
Issue: Whether or not the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)
erred in their ordering that (a) the name Patrick A. Caronan be
stricken off the Roll of Attorneys; and (b) the name Richard A.
Caronan be barred from being admitted to the Bar.
Ruling:
No. Respondent Richard A. Caronan a.k.a. "Atty. Patrick A.
Caronan" (respondent) is found GUILTY of falsely assuming the
name, identity, and academic records of complainant Patrick A.
Caronan (complainant) to obtain a law degree and take the Bar
Examinations. The Court hereby resolves that: (1) the name
"Patrick A. Caronan" with Roll of Attorneys No. 49069 is ordered
DROPPED and STRICKEN OFF the Roll of Attorneys; (2) respondent
is PROHIBITED from engaging in the practice of law or making
any representations as a lawyer; (3) respondent is BARRED from
being admitted as a member of the Philippine Bar in the future;
( 4) the Identification Cards issued by the Integrated Bar of the
Philippines to respondent under the name "Atty. Patrick A.
Caronan"
Certificates

and

the

issued

Mandatory
in

such

Continuing

name

are

Legal

Education

CANCELLED

and/or

REVOKED; and (5) the Office of the Court Administrator is ordered


to CIRCULATE notices and POST in the bulletin boards of all courts
of the country a photograph of respondent with his real name, "

Richard A. Caronan," with a warning that he is not a member of


the Philippine Bar and a statement of his false assumption of the
name and identity of "Patrick A. Caronan."