Solicitor General Jose Calida has called former solicitor general Florin Hilbay’s latest Twitter rants as “unacceptable and laughable.”
“Florin Hilbay’s malicious tweet last January 15 downplays not only the wisdom of the Supreme Court in postponing the Oral Arguments but also the serious threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) said in a statement.
Calida reacted to the Jan. 15 of Hilbay who questioned the former for asking the Supreme Court (SC) to postpone the Jan. 19 oral arguments of the 37 petitions seeking the unconstitutionality of the Anti-Terrorism Law.
After the SC granted the postponement and reset the oral arguments to Feb. 2, Hilbay posted in his Twitter account a statement that read:
“This should make everyone pause and reflect w sadness. the chief lawyer of the nation can’t argue an important case bec some assistants are (allegedly) sick. and the supreme court finds the request meritorious.”
“Parang law student na ayaw mag recite dahil walang ‘radyo’.”
The OSG also called Hilbay’s “insensitive utterance pertaining to the competence of the present OSG leadership” as “utterly false and baseless.”
“The Solicitor General has argued before the Supreme Court and, eventually, won 13 high-profile cases in favor of the Republic, two of which even involved Hilbay as one of the opposing counsels,” the OSG recounted.
“Compared, therefore, with the number of oral arguments and winnings in the Supreme Court of high-profile cases of the present leadership, Hilbay’s insinuation is unacceptable and laughable,” it declared.
Meanwhile, the OSG assured Calida “ready to defend the constitutionality of the Anti-Terrorism Law.”
“In fact, the Solicitor General has constantly moved for the conduct of the oral arguments via teleconferencing as an alternative to in-person orals so that it can be done safely and without delay,” the OSG noted.
“No amount of mudslinging from a publicity seeking so-called personality desperately trying to liberate himself from the abyss of irrelevance can change that,” I added.