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Alvarez threatens CA justices with disbarment raps: Mga gago!

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is considering filing disbarment charges against the justices of the Special Fourth Division of the Court of Appeals for their alleged ignorance of the law.

In a radio interview Friday (June 16), Alvarez said the order of the CA granting habeas corpus petition of 6 Ilocos Norte government officials detained by the House of Representatives goes against the Supreme Court decision affirming its power to cite an individual for contempt.

“Hindi nila tinitingnan na recently nagdesisyon na naman ang Supreme Court, reaffirming yung karapatan ng Kongreso na mag-cite for contempt itong mga testigo na hindi nagsasabi ng totoo, hindi ba?,” he said.

“Magpa-file kami ng disbarment cases for ignorance of the law, itong justices na ito,” Alvarez added.

Alvarez was referring to Court of Appeals Special Fourth Division members, Associate Justices Stephen Cruz, Edwin Sorongon and Nina Antonino-Valenzuela.

The CA has issued a show cause order asking Alvarez and House Sergeant at Arms Roland Detabali to explain why they should not be held in contempt over their failure to present the six employees of the Ilocos Norte provincial government it detained following a legislative inquiry.

The following were detained on May 29 after being cited in contempt by the House committee on good government and public accountability, which is looking into the alleged misuse of P66.45 million in tobacco excise funds by the Ilocos Norte government: Pedro Agcaoili, provincial planning and development office chairman; Josephine Calajate, provincial treasurer; Evangeline Tabulog, provincial budget officer; and provincial treasurer’s office workers Eden Battulayan, Encarnacion Gaor and Genedine Jambaro.

The provincial officers have been detained at the House since May 29 after being cited in contempt by the House committee on good government and public accountability, which is looking into the alleged misuse of P66.45 million in tobacco excise funds by the Ilocos Norte government.

Asked by broadcaster Ted Failon for his message for the justices, Alvarez said: “Gago Ted, gago.”

“Hindi ba Ted, kung hindi ba naman sila gago, p**** ina… nasa kabutihan na ng gobyerno tatakpan mo pa. Pambihira,” he fumed.

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