April 25, 2017
SOLICITOR General Jose Calida said Tuesday that he will ask the Supreme Court to disbar the lawyer who filed a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte and 11 government officials before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands.
Calida said the complaint of Jude Sabio, legal counsel of self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato, against Duterte were “malicious” and “baseless”.
“It appears that this lawyer is in the business of maliciously filing baseless suits based only on hearsays and unfounded suspicions,” the top government lawyer said in a statement.
Calida said this is not the first time that Sabio will face a complaint for filing a “groundless” case against an individual.
In 2008, the SC sanctioned Sabio for violating the Lawyers’ Code of Professional Responsibility when he filed a groundless bribery charge against Cabuyao, Laguna Municipal Trial Court of Cities Judge Alden Cervantes.
He was directed to pay P5,000 by the SC and was warned that a more severe penalty would be imposed had he repeat the questioned act.
“This perennial loser stubbornly refuses to heed the warning from the Supreme Court that if he commits the same infraction, he will be punished more severely,” Calida said. “We will see him in court,” he added.