TWO lawyers have asked the Supreme Court to disbar lawyer Lorenzo Gadon, the complainant in the impeachment case filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
In a letter addressed to Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Algamar Latiph and Musa Malayang said it had been more than a year since the high court ordered Gadon to comment on the disbarment complaint that he filed on April 6, 2016.
“To date, we have not received any comment from the respondent,” Latiph and Musa say in their letter.
“Or whether the case is submitted for resolution in view of respondent’s failure to file a comment assuming that he was duly served with a copy of the complaint.”
The letter was addressed to Carpio because he is the chairman of the Court’s Second Division, where the disbarment case has been assigned.
The disbarment case against Gadon arose from his supposed hateful remarks uttered against the Muslim population when the television networks interviewed him in his capacity as a candidate for the 2016 senatorial elections to present his platform of government.
In the interviews, Gadon threatened to pulverize the Muslim communities if they would not cooperate in the government’s bid to address the insurgency and rebellion problems in the region.
Gadon also expressed his readiness to exterminate innocent children, women, men and old folks and burn houses if the Muslims would ignore his plea to work together with the government.
“Based on the news accounts, there were other two cases filed against the respondent for the same above facts. We respectfully pray for the Honorable Court to favorably act on the complaint,” the two lawyers said.
When sought for comment, Gadon said he was not aware of a pending disbarment complaint against him.
“I’m sure it’s just a nuisance case. At any rate I am a friend of the Muslims now. I even got more votes than the other Muslim candidates in Mindanao,” he said.
In his impeachment complaint filed before the House of Representatives, Gadon accused Sereno of violating the Constitution, corruption and betrayal of the public trust.