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Sumobra sa pag- ‘bobo’? SC suspends Larry Gadon for 3 months

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Lawyer Larry Gadon has been suspended for three months by the Supreme Court (SC) for using “abusive and intemperate language” in his dealings with a female doctor and her lawyer back in 2009.

The SC issued the ruling based on the recommendation of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) which conducted the investigation of the 2009 complaint of dermatologist Dr. Helen Mendoza.

At that time, Mendoza fought for the full reinstatement of her clinic hours after she got suspended then got reduced at the Clinica Manila of the Ambulatory Health Care Institute, Inc. (AHCII) by Gadon, who was corporate secretary and vice president, based on a complaint of a patient but without authorization from the board of directors and without just cause.

During their exchanges, Mendoza complained “the very insulting manner” Gadon wrote to her and even used words “thoroughly unbecoming of a member of the bar to write.”

Mendoza also complained her legal counsel, lawyer Wilfredo Martinez, was not even spared and was treated in violation of the Canons of Professional Ethics.

“Atty Gadon has been weighed by the exacting standards of the legal profession and has been found wanting,” the SC ruled.

“Atty. Gadon committed a breach of his oath as a lawyer. He is also guilty of culpable violation of the CPR (Code of Professional Responsibility), the code of ethics of the legal profession,” it added.

With this, the SC reminded Gadon that every lawyer is “required to act with courtesy at all times, even towards adverse parties.”

Gadon is currently the lawyer of Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy whose testimony has been used to file a sedition case against members of the opposition for allegedly plotting against President Rodrigo Duterte.

He is also the one who filed the impeachment complaint against former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

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