Chel Diokno unfazed by SolGen's disbarment threat

Chel Diokno unfazed by SolGen's disbarment threat

Human rights lawyer and former Otso diretso senatorial candidate Chel Diokno is not worried by threat of being disbarred by the Supreme Court , this is in connection after his supposed clients disowned a petition they filed in the Supreme Court.

Solicitor General Jose Calida was quoted as saying that lawyers (Chel Diokno and Andrew Palacios
behind the writ of kalikasan plea may face disbarment for violating legal ethics when they allegedly deceived the petitioner-fishermen from Zambales and Palawan provinces.

"Bilang abogado na matagal nang tumutulong sa mga mahihirap, sanay na ako sa mga pagbabanta at pananakot mula sa bibig ng mga may kapangyarihan. Hindi na bago 'yan," Diokno said in a statement.

Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno (photo credit to owner)

(As a lawyer who has been helping the poor for a long time, I am used to threats and intimidation from the mouths of those in power. That's not new.)
"In my youth, I saw my father unjustly imprisoned under martial law. He continued to fight for justice, and so will I," added the lawyer, who lost in May Senate race.
Diokno maintains that the 19 petitioner fishermen had “full knowledge and consent” on the filing of the petition before the Supreme Court.

He also questions how the SolGen supposedly obtained the affidavits of the fishermen, saying it is a violation of legal ethics to communicate with opposing parties' clients without the knowledge of their lawyer.

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