Lawyer files disbarment case vs. De Lima

November 28, 2011 11:02 pm 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo Jr.

MANILA, Nov. 28 — A lawyer on Monday formally filed a disbarment case against Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima before the Office of the Bar Confidant of the Supreme Court (SC).

In a nine-page complaint, Atty. Ricardo Rivera asked the SC that De Lima should immediately be placed under investigation by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Board of Governors.

The complaint was based on the non-compliance of De Lima on the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the SC en banc on Nov. 15, 2011 against the implementation of the watchlist order (WLO) issued by the DOJ against former President and now Pampanga (2nd District) Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her husband former First Gentleman Atty. Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo.

Rivera said that such refusal of the DOJ Chief to comply with the TRO weakens the trust of the public to the Judiciary and the judicial system.

Because of this, Rivera said, a preventive suspension should be imposed against De Lima while the investigation against her is pending.

As officers of the court, Rivera said, they should follow the rule of law, which De Lima had violated.

Rivera also asked the SC that the investigation of the case be immediately directed to the IBP Board of Governors.

After the disbarment proceedings, the complainant also asked that De Lima’s license to practice law should be revoked and that her name should be deleted from the Roll of Attorneys. (PNA) RMA/PTR/mec

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