Law dean disbarment sought

  • Written by Hector Lawas
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THE estranged wife of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista yesterday asked the Supreme Court to disbar University of Santo Tomas Faculty of  Civil Law dean Nilo Divina and 20 of his law firm colleagues.

Patricia Bautista accused Divina and 20 of his colleagues at the Divina Law Office of violating the Code of Professional Responsibility over their personal ties with the poll head.

Patricia’s lawyer, Lorna Kapunan, however said Bautista was not included in the complaint because he has immunity from suit.

The complaint stemmed  from  Patricia’s discovery of bank and real property documents in the name of her husband that were not reflected in Bautista’s 2016 Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) amounting to nearly P1 billion.

Patricia also claimed to have discovered several checks and commission sheets allegedly issued by Divina in Bautista’s name and his family members.
Patricia said that Bautista had received commissions from the Divina Law Office for “assisting the law firm’s clients with the Comelec.”
Divina Law Office is said to be the legal counsel of Smartmatic, a Venezuelan poll technology provider that bagged contracts for the implementation of the 2010, 2013 and 2016 automated elections. #