SC Dismisses Case Filed vs DavideThe Supreme Court (SC) Has Dismissed for A[euro]utter Lack of Merita[euro] the Disbarment Case Filed against Retired Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide Jr. by Lawyer Elly Velez Pamatong, a Candidate Who Lost in the 2004 Presidential

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The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed for "utter lack of merit" the disbarment case filed against retired Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide Jr. by lawyer Elly Velez Pamatong, a candidate who lost in the 2004 presidential election.

In a unanimous full court resolution written by Justice Cancio C. Garcia, the SC ruled that the issues raised in the case filed by Pamatong "are not grounds for disbarment" as they were "all related to or proceedings while he (Davide) was Chief Justice, and are related to or connected with the exercise of his authority or the performance of his official duties."

Last week, the SC denied with finality the disbarment case filed against Davide, retired Justice Bernardo P. Pardo, and nine others by former Judge Florentino V. Floro Jr. of the Malabon City Regional Trial Court (RTC).

The SC said that Floro, who was separated from the service for "a medically disabling condition," had failed to present any substantial argument to warrant a reconsideration of its Sept. 20, 2006 resolution dismissing, for lack of merit, his disbarment complaint.

Among the grounds raised by Pamatong in his disbarment complaint against Davide, who had been appointed and had taken his oath as the Philippines' permanent representative to the United Nations, were "overthrow of a duly elected president," "abandonment of impeachment proceedings against President Estrada," "usurpation of the revenue-raising power of Congress," and "persecution of the petitioners. …