Third disbarment case filed vs Gadon for screaming expletives

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 20 2018 01:44 PM

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MANILA - A third disbarment case against lawyer Lorenzo Gadon, who lodged an impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, was filed before the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), Friday.

At least 8 Sereno supporters who Gadon cursed and insulted in Baguio earlier this month asked the IBP to revoke Gadon's license to practice law.

The case was filed after the lawyer refused to apologize for hurling expletives and for raising his middle finger at some Sereno supporters who held a protest at the Supreme Court's Summer Court House in Baguio City.

Gadon earlier said he only cursed back after protesters uttered insults and expletives at him during the Baguio protest. 

"Someone even audaciously moved towards our position. He uttered expletives and some insults. So I got distracted from being interviewed. Sila 'yung nauna," Gadon earlier said in an interview on ANC's Early Edition. 

"I was thinking of filing a petition in the Supreme Court to disbar me. If this bar thing is the only thing that will constrain me from getting back at them, then I'd rather lose my license," he said.

He also threatened to disbar IBP officials who support Chief Justice Sereno. 

The first disbarment case against Gadon was filed in 2016 after he allegedly said that Muslims should be killed to attain peace in Mindanao.

Earlier this year, Gadon earned his second disbarment case after lawyer Wilfredo Garrido Jr. asked the IBP to revoke his license for his arrogance and dishonesty during the impeachment proceedings at the House of Representatives.

- with a report from Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News