THE Supreme Court yesterday directed Senator Leila De Lima to answer the disbarment complaint filed against her
SC spokesman Theodore Te said the Court made the decision during their regular en banc Tuesday.
“In the matter of Atty. Fernando P. Perito v. Atty. Leila M. De Lima, the Court directed respondent De Lima to submit her comment to the complaint-affidavit for disbarment filed by petitioner within ten days from notice of the Court’s resolution,” the SC said.
Perito filed the disbarment complaint against De Lima for her alleged defiance in following an SC’s temporary restraining order issued in November 2011 when she stopped former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her husband Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo from leaving the country to seek medical treatment for the former chief executive.
Another complaint was filed against De Lima by lawyer Ricardo Rivera based on the same issue while lawyer Agustin Sundiam asked the SC to institute disciplinary measures against De Lima and former presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda for calling then Chief Justice Renato Corona a “lawless tyrant” on national television.
Recently, De Lima was also the subject of four disbarment complaints filed by Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption Chairman Dante Jimenez, former National Bureau of Investigation deputy directors Reynaldo Esmeralda and Ruel Lasala and jueteng whistleblower Sandra Cam for her alleged “illicit affair” with her former driver Ronnie Dayan.
The complainants accused De Lima of gross immorality and violating the Lawyers Oath and the Code of Professional Responsibility.