Gadon shrugs off disbarment, says its small price to pay for Sereno's ouster

By Ben Rosario

Impeachment complainant Larry Gadon has shrugged off as an acceptable risk the reported moves to disbar him, saying that canceling his license as an attorney is a small price to pay for the ouster of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Primary complainant Atty. Larry Gadon during the hearing of the House Committee on Justice on the impeachment complaint he filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in Batasang Pambansa, Wednesday, November 22. (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN) Atty. Larry Gadon (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN)

Gadon, who stood as one of the legal advisers to former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, said he will also pursue the disbarment of any official of the Integrated Bar of the Phiilppines for openly supporting Sereno.

“Their act of support can be considered as abetting the illegal acts of Sereno,” stressed Gadon, a graduate of the Far Eastern University College of Law.

He explained that lawyers who back violations of the Constitution are also guilty of violating the code of ethics that members of the Philippine Bar are mandated to follow.

“I don’t care if I am diabarred as long as Sereno is removed . By then , I would have done a humble service and contribituon to the meaningful reform of the judiciary,” Gadon stated.

A number of lawyers chided Gadon for engaging a group of Sereno lawyers in a shouting match during a protest rally staged by the chief justice’s supporters prior to the orgal arguments of the quo warranto case scheduled Wednesday in Baguio City.

Video footages that were posted on social media showed Gadon losing his temper when the pro-Sereno group heckled him. Out of anger, he was seen flashing the “dirty finger” at the crowd.

Gadon later explained that he lost his cool because of the invectives thrown at him, adding that the pro-Sereno crowd were “paid hacks” who came all the way from Manila specifically to upset quo warranto supporters, particulalry their lawyers who were scheduled to present their oral argument for the ouster of the chief justice.