The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has one piece of advice to former Senator Rene Saguisag: shut up.
The OSG conveyed this point after Saguisag called it a “tuta” of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Recently, Saguisag opposed the appearance of Assistant Solicitor General Angelita Miranda as lead counsel of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) in sedition complaint filed against his client, Sen. Risa Hontiveros, and 35 others mostly members of the opposition.
Saguisag stated that “the OSG should be the tribune of the people, not tuta of this administration”.
“Whatever personal misgivings he has in connection with official proceedings should best be kept to himself,” the OSG told Saguisag in a statement.
The OSG pointed out Saguisag’s statement “spills beyond the walls of decency and propriety.”
“The OSG cannot stomach this language,” it said.
“As a member of the legal profession, Mr. Saguisag should know better than to resort to gutter talk against his colleagues, with whom he has the duty to treat with courtesy, fairness, and candor,” the OSG added.
Citing Administrative Code of 1987, the OSG reminded that it is the “law office of the government” and the “principal law officer and legal defender of the government.”