Santiago threatens disbarment vs Baligod

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Friday, May 16, 2014

SENATOR Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Friday threatened to file a disbarment case against Levito Baligod, the former counsel of pork barrel scam main whistleblower Benhur Luy.

This developed despite Baligod's claim that Santiago was not included in the original list of pork barrel scam main whistleblower Benhur Luy.

Baligod, who claims that he was the author of the list allegedly drawn up by Luy, pointed to Rehabilitation Czar Panfilo Lacson as the one who committed the mistake of including the name of Santiago.

He clarified that in his original list, the names of Santiago and other senators whose names were mentioned in the list forwarded by Lacson to the Senate Blue Ribbon committee were not actually included.

Baligod said that aside from Santiago, those who were included in the list were Senate President Franklin Drilon and Senator Francis Escudero.

Santiago said she will dig deeper into the issue to know the person behind the move to confuse the issue.

The senator earlier threatened to file a libel case against Luy and Baligod.

She explained that under the Rules of Court, any member of the bar maybe disbarred by the Supreme Court for "any deceit, malpractice, or other gross misconduct in public office, grossly immoral conduct, or by reason of his conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude, or for any violation of the lawyer's oath.

"And therefore Baligod should be disbarred," Santiago said. (Camille P. Balagtas/Sunnex)

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