Lawyer in Erap poll case faces contempt raps

The Supreme Court has ordered former Sandiganbayan Justice Rodolfo Palattao, lawyer of Alicia Risos-Vidal who filed a disqualification case against Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada, to explain why he should not be held in contempt for failing to file a required pleading on the case.

In an en banc resolution, the SC said he had no reply to the consolidated comment submitted by the Office of the Solicitor General.

“It appearing from the records that Atty. Rodolfo Palattao, counsel for petitioner, filed to file a reply to the Consolidated Comment dated July 16, 2013 filed by the Office of the Solicitor General as required in the resolution dated August 6, 2013 within the period fixed therein,” the high court said.

“The Court resolved to require said counsel to (a) show cause why he should not be disciplinary dealt with or held in contempt for such failure and (b) comply with the Resolution dated August 6, 2013 by filing the required reply, both within ten (10) days from notice hereof,” the tribunal ordered.

In August last year, the SC ordered former Mayor Alfredo Lim and Risos-Vidal to reply to the comment filed by the OSG in behalf of the Commission on Elections.

They had appealed to the Court to overturn a Comelec decision declaring Estrada as qualified to run for mayor of the City of Manila in the May 13, 2013 elections. Estrada had assumed the post of mayor when he won over Lim by more than 40,000 votes.

Vidal said Estrada should have been disqualified because of his previous conviction. Lim joined in her petition as intervenor.

In his comment, Estrada asked the SC to dismiss the petitions to strike him out of the mayoral race, saying the poll body allowed him to run in the first place.



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