Lawyers like Chel Diokno forget their law when it suits them

At the outset, let me state that I am not a lawyer. I blush with embafrassment when people address me as “Attorney”. I have not earned the right to carry that title. But it certainly doesn’t make me ignorant of the law. And it is unfortunate, nay tragic, to see a number of lawyers sympathetic to ABS-CBN conveniently forgetting their sworn duty to uphold the Constitution and the law.

In particular, I am making this reaction to statements made by Atty. Chel Diokno, son of the highly-esteemed Jose W. Diokno, with respect to the Petition for Quo Warranto filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida alleging violations committed by ABS-CBN in relation to its legislative franchise.

Diokno is making it appear that the Duterte administration has “weaponized” the seldom-used Quo Warranto proceedings to persecute its critics. Quo Warranto as a remedy wasn’t enshrined in our statute books for nothing. It was placed there for a very important reason: to check and repudiate pretenders to certain titles or positions or privileges under a franchise.

Why can’t Diokno ask ABS-CBN to explain why the alleged offenses came about in the first place. Is he saying that ABS-CBN is innocent of the charges raised against it? If he believes Calida is wrong in pursuing this angle of legal attack against a wrong-doer, then he should enlighten the public why he thinks so.

Diokno is talking like a fish-monger. He has swept aside his knowledge of the law (or is he even knowledgeable in the first place?) just to demonstrate his hatred for President Duterte. That is not being a lawyer. He is no different from those stooges who carry placards and shout slogans.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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