To Follow The Rules Could Put You In BIG TROUBLE, Sometimes...

@neildc (17253)
Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
March 9, 2011 9:02am CST
My friends on Facebook could already have known about this rant. But since I posted this in our local language, those non-Filipino FB friends of mine could have been wondering what have happened to me this day. "I felt so bad. I felt like my blood pressure have risen so high. I felt my heart had stopped or beats so fast. I could hardly breath." As I was performing my duty as the collecting officer, one woman lend me documents and so I read it to assess how much should be collected from her. And with the title of it that said: "Urgent Motion for Reconsideration", I should have asked her 500 Pesos. As I was still reading them, a man beside the woman said, "there's only a Verification behind i, it should only be subscribed" (as in to administer the oath of the affiant). And so I answered (in a very calm voice), "oh, so this is just a subscription". Mind you, the man beside the woman immediately raised his voice, "and what do you think?! are you going to ask us to pay for the pleading?!" I just replied, still in a very calm voice, "I am just reading it Sir. I still have to assess the documents". "No, no, no, we are just paying for the subscription and not the pleading, so why you still have to read and go over it?!" I said, "it's the law that tells me, I have to do it before collecting the money from you and issue the Official Receipt". Well, we had a great word war. He raised his voice, so I raised my voice too. And he even uttered bad words like son of a b... and degrade my personality. He called my ignorant and even asked me where did i put my mind, on my feet? WTF Want to know who was that man? A former chief prosecutor of the office I am presently working with. A former supreme court judge. I googled his name and found a lot of pages. And I want to share one with you, so you can have an idea what kind of man is he. http://elibrary.judiciary.gov.ph/decisions.php?doctype=Decisions%20/%20Signed%20Resolutions&docid=122535095241927592
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@saphrina (31739)
• South Africa
9 Mar 11
Hi sweetie. Feel better now? And that one is still walking around on this planet? Was it here, he wouldn't have dared talk to anyone like that. Now smile. He can go and catch a pig or something with long and sharp teeth.
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
9 Mar 11
hi sweetie. i really wonder how he made it in the prosecution service and the court to hear and rule for justice, when i can see in him, there's no justice with himself. i also wonder how he became a lawyer... but you know sweetie? i was laughing while reading the pages of the administrative cases filed against him. and now i know how he acts that way everytime he comes to my place. i cannot recall a smiling face on him. he's a troublesome person.
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
9 Mar 11
i know what you mean saph and i know he will have to pay one day... what i really couldn't accept is the way he treats us, the lower in rank people, the staff. and when he called me, ignorant.
@saphrina (31739)
• South Africa
9 Mar 11
Never take those kind seriously. They tend to forget that what they call others, they are normally themselves. You are better than that. Ignore him.
@topffer (35552)
• France
9 Mar 11
By experience those who are yelling in your office are not very dangerous, they just do not how to discuss aright their problem. When I had to deal with such people, I was opening my door and saying "My colleagues might be interested by your words, and I might need them to sue you for damages." 9/10 they were really nice after that, and a discussion was possible...
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
9 Mar 11
incidentally, he WAS the chief of this office but not anymore.
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@topffer (35552)
• France
9 Mar 11
It was a reason more to give the example, no ? Forget this incident, you will not get any more trouble.
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@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
9 Mar 11
just like sweetie saph said, ignore him and i will try to follow her suggestion. thanks topffer.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
10 Mar 11
well he dont sound like a very nice man! was he the womans husband.. ? DId you get what you went for?
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
10 Mar 11
as my present chief had said, ignore him and just let that incident passed for he is an OLD MAN already. but i don't think it's the right thing.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
11 Mar 11
yeah he might be old but he really should know better!
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
9 Mar 11
hello neil, Uhmn..don't you know my dear brother that,those most literate people (claims) are worst than uneducated person? This is one good example of how so-called high profile people forget their manners Cool...relax and take a deep breath
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
10 Mar 11
hi jane. yes dear sister, i just forgot about it. but i guess, even how hard you keep your calmness during that time, you will really lose your temper. anyway, it's just another to console myself after the incident, i searched for his name and found this. actually, there's a lot more i have found. he's really a problematic person after his retirement.
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@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
10 Mar 11
let him... maybe he will be on the pages the next days hehehe the next Angelo R. Kisses and hugs to zayzay
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
10 Mar 11
hi neildc my goodness how did that man continue to get by like he did then treat you and other members of your staff like dirt.thats really disgraceful. I would also have felt angered had I been in your shoes.Now i really understand the meaning of your title. odd and disgraceful how sometimes being conscientious and doing your job right can put you 'in trouble. but people like this man will eventually get what is coming to them.to think he was giving you a bad time for following the rules of your position after what he had done. I do hope you have no more trouble with the likes of him Niel. take care hugs from hatley
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
11 Mar 11
Hi Patsie. yeah, i guess that same situation will not happen again. right after the incident, our chief relieved from that task. collecting fees and assessment should be separated from each other, having two different staff for each task. i should only be collecting and not assessing at the same time. but it happened that the assessment clerk requested to do it myself so she can at least lessen her load. now it's back to her and i will be facing no people unless they have the money when they have to pay only at my side, no more arguments on how much they have to pay.
@zralte (4186)
• India
10 Mar 11
Oh my....it must have been very stressful for you, trying to maintain dignity in front of all the other people.... He obviously thinks he knows it all. I've tried to read the link that you have given, but it is way too legalese for me that I could not even go past the first paragraph But I get the idea that he is not very nice person, to say the least. I am sorry it happened to you. I hope you have calmed yourself down now. Those kind of people are not worth anything, least of all the time spent thinking about them.
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
11 Mar 11
i pasted here the decision of the court as can be read at the bottom or at the last few paragraphs: [i]A final note. Records show that there were other administrative charges of which Judge Gako, Jr. was found guilty and penalized, as follows: 1) In Joselito Rallos, et al. v. Judge Ireneo Gako, Jr., he was held guilty of grave abuse of authority and partiality, aggravated by dishonesty, and imposed a fine of Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000.00). 2) In Ronaldo B. Zamora v. Judge Ireneo Gako, Jr., he was found guilty of Gross Ignorance of the law and suspended for three (3) months. In the above cases, he was sternly warned that the commission of similar acts in the future would be dealt with more severely. 3) In Doroteo Lagcao, et al. v. Judge Ireneo Gako, Jr., he was found guilty of utter disrespect towards a higher court and imposed a fine of Twenty Thousand Pesos (P20,000.00) to be deducted from his retirement benefits. 4) In City of Cebu v. Judge Ireneo Gako, Jr., he was found guilty of undue delay in rendering a decision which cost the City of Cebu substantial damages in uncollected real property taxes. He was imposed a fine of Forty Thousand Pesos (P40,000.00) to be deducted from his retirement benefits. WHEREFORE... Retired Judge Ireneo Lee Gako, Jr., Presiding Judge, RTC of Cebu City, Branch 5, is FINED Forty Thousand Pesos (P40,000.00) to be deducted from his retirement benefits, for acting without authority in violation of Supreme Court rules and circulars;[/i]
@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
10 Mar 11
I think its really suck in thats kind situation. Maybe thats man having post power syndrome, so they really love to made others feel down. Take deep breath my friend maybe thats your bad day. Its not a secret when people know the law feel they had right to brake it and got away with it.
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
11 Mar 11
Maybe thats man having post power syndrome - could be. so far, i feel better now. thanks.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
10 Mar 11
People like that run their lives with their egos and are inevitably very annoying to have around especially when you are simply trying to do your job. I appreciate how angry he made you feel neildc! For someone who is supposed to be so educated he proved himself to be not only ignorant but extremely rude! Be thankful you are a much better person!
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
11 Mar 11
i thought i have learned after our first encounter few months ago. but this time, he really pissed me off, especially when he started shouting in anger with son of a ... i am really thankful for that incident that i learned where i stand now. and that also made another round of work assignment for the other members of this office. the chief relieved me from doing the assessment job, which, in the first place is not really my task as assessment and collecting are two separate jobs.
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@miketagz (7494)
• Philippines
10 Mar 11
If I were you, I'll simply don't bother it than to give more trouble. Need to relax and refresh mind for a while.
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
11 Mar 11
i feel better now. thanks...
@Danzylop (1120)
• Philippines
10 Mar 11
its a sad story but then you have to forget it. Why? because you cant do anything because it happened already. the ebst way for that is to move on. accept that people act as they are. maybe that person is having difficulty in life that mde him act the way as you told us here in mylot. just dont personalize everything that has been said to you.think that it is now directed to you and that they have just utterred those words. It is their problem not yours so just stop thinking about it and just move on. It will just keep on making you feel bad if you wont forget and forgive even if it is hard.
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
10 Mar 11
i was trying to ignore him, after our first encounter some few months back. but the way he acted yesterday is something i could not just let pass. i guess, anyone could have done the same way i did. well anyway, i feel better now after post the rant on facebook and on here. and discovered online how he was when he was still in that court.
@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
10 Mar 11
I don't like judges. I'm not sure why but maybe because I have seen so many movies where judges have received bribes. I know not all of them are like that but I am sure that a lot of them are arrogant.
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
10 Mar 11
i am not saying i hate judges but i do not like him. yeah, i one of those cases he's involved, it's hard to believe that he did not earned from the cases he handled. that's the right word i guess, ARROGANT.
@GardenGerty (101707)
• United States
9 Mar 11
I am sure that was both frustrating and embarrassing to be doing your job and to be criticized in that way.
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
10 Mar 11
you said it right, GG. and to think, my salary is very small compared to the responsibilities and accountabilities given to me by this office.
• Philippines
9 Mar 11
Hello Neildc, Maybe he's in the Hurry? Well, it's obvious that Corruption has also led to this kind of unprofessionalism being shown by this so called Law Maker or Former Public Servant. for me, He's an old man who is literally NOTHING despite of his record, it's clear that he's using his title just to say what ever experience that he had so that you wouldn't have to be so detailed, WHICH IS WRONG as far as he's putting it. I guess, i can understand why ordinary people are so much intimidated by politicians who are "smart talk" and he thoroughly misunderstood you. I guess that's what happens to OLD MEN who still works. at least that's just another day i think, i mean, you're son Zay is fine now.. Be careful there.
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
10 Mar 11
he's really trying to use his name or his titles, but i have nothing to do with what he had accomplished as a public servant. i was just doing my job.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Mar 11
So how come it's in English?
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
10 Mar 11
hi dawn. what i meant is, i updated my facebook status in Tagalog language. my English speaking friends will not understand it so I posted this discussion, to let you know what happened to me.
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
11 Mar 11
I agree with you bro. People want to try our honesty. If they will not get their wants because we are performing our job by following the rules they will make upset. I will support you more than 100 percent. As long as we are doing our job well, even they will burn you don't mind on them because they will test your honesty and your patience. Continue doing what is right for the sake of your job and reputation.