Outgoing Senator Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr. is asking the Supreme Court to lift its indefinite suspension of lawyer Alan Paguia, saying he has been punished enough for questioning the tribunal's 2001 decision upholding the removal of former President Joseph Estrada and his replacement by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Pimentel said that as a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, he wrote a letter to the SC appealing for an end to the suspension of Paguia which has been in effect for more than six years now.
"I asked the Supreme Court to restore the license of attorney of Paguia. He has suffered enough from the sanction imposed by the court. He has been barred from practicing his law profession for more than six years, and I think that is too much," the veteran legislator said.
Pimentel said the suspended lawyer has been deprived of his professional source of livelihood, causing financial difficulties to him and his family. …