Associate Justice Jose Sabio Back to Work After Suspension

After a two-month suspension imposed upon him by the Supreme Court (SC), Associate Justice Jose Sabio, Jr. is now back to work at the Court of Appeals (CA).

Sabio was punished with a two-month suspension without pay by the SC due to impropriety after he was implicated in the P10-million bribery attempt in connection with the controversial Manila Electric Company and state pension fund Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) case.

It can be recalled that in the SC decision, also punished with dismissal from the service was CA Associate Justice Vicente Roxas because of his violation of the Code of Ethical Standards for the members of the Judiciary.

According to Sabio, he enjoyed his two-month vacation as a result of his two-month suspension without pay with his family, adding that he was happy that he is now back in harness at work at the appellate court and he readily accepted the punishment imposed upon him by the SC.

“I accepted the verdict being a good soldier. I don’t want to sound bitter anymore,” Sabio said.

He clarified though that his conscience was clear even though he was implicated in the bribery scandal that rocked the appellate court, adding that what is past is already past and it’s a new beginning for him at the CA.

Sabio’s two-month suspension without pay took effect on September 10, 2008.

Meantime, Sabio expressed his support for the Supreme Court Appointments Watch composed of several civil society groups. – PNA

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