Sereno impeachment complainant Larry Gadon slapped with 3rd disbarment complaint

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 20) — Larry Gadon, the lawyer behind the impeachment complaint against the Chief Justice, has been slapped with his third disbarment complaint.

The 19-page complaint, obtained by CNN Philippines on Friday, cited "gross misconduct, gross immoral conduct, and violations of the lawyer's oath." It was submitted to the Commission on Bar Discipline at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).

It cited two violations of the lawyer's Code of Professional Responsibility allegedly committed by Gadon.

First, it noted viral videos of Gadon cursing and raising his middle finger at supporters of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno during the quo warranto proceedings in Baguio on April 10. He was seen shouting expletives "b*** (dumb)" and "p***** i** (son of a bitch)."

The complainants said Gadon was "a madman unfit to be representing the legal profession," and added he was unapologetic about his actions.

Second, it said Gadon made "hateful remarks" against Filipino Muslims in an interview with GMA News TV in March 2016. Gadon had remarked that if the insurgent Moro Islamic Liberation Front refused to cooperate, he would raid their houses and kill even the children.

"Kailangan burahin ang lahi nila. Kahit masunog ang kaluluwa ko sa impiyerno gagawin ko 'yan," Gadon had said.

[Translation: Their race needs to be eradicated. Even if my soul burns in hell, I will do it.]

The complaint raised Rules 7.03 and 8.01 of the Code of Professional Responsibility, which say a lawyer must not "in public or private life, behave in a scandalous manner to the discredit of the legal profession" and "shall not, in his professional dealings, use language which is abusive, offensive, or otherwise improper."

In a text message to CNN Philippines, Gadon dismissed the complaint as a "nuisance case."

 

The complainants were Zena Bernardo, Evangeline Hernandez, Nona Andaya-Castillo, Natividad Dela Cruz Natividad, Jose Mari Tomines Callueng, Jennifer Aiza Santaolaya, Faith Angelie Catalan, and Mark Vincent Lim. Most of them were present in the gathering of Sereno supporters in Baguio, and maintained Gadon's actions "discredited the legal profession."

Gadon already faces two disbarment cases. The first cites his controversial remarks on Filipino Muslims, and the second slams his behavior at the House Justice Committee hearings on his complaint against Sereno.

Gadon was a legal counsel of former President and incumbent Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. He also ran for a senatorial slate in the 2016 elections, but lost.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.