Atty. Larry Gadon assailed the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) after the group revealed its plans to question the constitutionality of certain provisions of Republic Act No. 11479, also known as the Anti-Terrorism Act, at the Supreme Court.
Gadon said on Thursday, July 9, that IBP is biased against President Rodrigo Duterte, and has members affiliated with communist organizations.
Aside from the Anti-Terrorism Act, Gadon said that the lawyers’ group also opposed the impeachment of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, and the implementation of martial law in Mindanao.
Gadon also mentioned that the IBP allowed the use of its conference for the press conference of Peter Joemel Advincula, the alleged narrator in the ‘Ang Totoong Narcolist’ videos, which linked relatives and allies of President Duterte to the illegal drugs trade.
“Mga abogado iyan pero ang kanilang leaning ay basta kung ano yung against kay Presidente,” Gadon said during DZRH’s Damdaming Bayan.
The lawyer added that IBP has a seat in the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), which recommends appointees to the Judiciary and the Office of the Ombudsman for the perusal of the President.
However, Gadon said that the IBP lost its authority after President Duterte won the 2016 elections.
Gadon mentioned that Atty. Maria Milagros Fernan-Cayosa, the representative of the IBP to the JBC, applied for an associate justice post at the Court of Tax Appeals, but was disqualified.
Cayosa is married to Atty. Domingo Cayosa, national president of the IBP.
“Biro mo member ka ng JBC, tapos iboboto mo yung sarili mo. Meron ka ng advantage over the other candidates. Ganoon sila kaabuso kasi mga dilawan,” Gadon stressed.
Meanwhile, Gadon trusts that the Supreme Court will dismiss the petitions filed against RA 11479.
“Itinataya ko yung aking lisensya as abogado na hindi iyan makakalusot sa Supreme Court. Hinding-hindi. Wala yung requisites of judicial inquiry,” the lawyer said.