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Biyernes, Oktubre 28, 2016

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Disbarment case filed vs. De Lima over ‘illicit affair’


Senator Leila De Lima's inconveniences simply keep heaping up. 

On Friday, anti-crime advocates, a defilement informant, and two of her previous subordinates trooped to the Supreme Court (SC) to press for her disbarment taking after her affirmed inclusion in an extramarital affair. 

Documented with the Office of the Bar Confidant, the protestation blames De Lima for gross indecency as she professedly had a sentimental illicit relationship with her previous driver and bodyguard Ronnie Dayan, who purportedly picked up cash for her sake from drug syndicates working inside the New Bilibid Prison amid her term as justice secretary.

"Measured against the definition of gross immorality, we find Senator De Lima's actions grossly immoral. Her actions were so corrupt as to approximate a criminal act, for she has a relationship with a married man, who in all appearances, was married to another and with whom he has a family. Her actions were also unprincipled and reprehensible to the highest degree," the complaint read.
"All these taken together leads to the inescapable conclusion that respondent (De Lima) was grossly imprudent in managing her personal affairs. The fact remains that her relationship with Ronnie Dayan, a married man, is grossly immoral. Worse, she never denied such relationship," it added.
In particular, the objection said De Lima conferred net shamelessness and abused the Lawyers' Oath, and Rule 1.01, Canon 7 and Rule 7.03 of the Code of Professional Responsibility.
"We find that Senator De Lima violated Canon 7 and Rule 7.03 of the Code of Professional Responsibility, as her behavior demeaned the dignity of and discredited the legal profession. She simply failed in her duty as a lawyer to adhere unwaveringly to the highest standards of morality," the complaint read.
"Senator De Lima used her power and moral ascendancy to portray the role of Whitney Houston in the movie 'The Bodyguard.' Unfortunately, the closest that she can relate to Whitney Houston is the death of her legal profession through illegal drugs."

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