January 23, 2018, 11:29 pm
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Attorney Gadon

WHEN he aspired for a Senate seat in the elections of 2016, only a few people knew Atty. Larry Gadon. Even now, media savvy as Filipinos in the urban areas are, many are barely aware that Gadon ran and lost. He certainly was not in the league of Francis Tolentino and Isko Moreno who also lost.

In the few radio interviews that he had during that miserable campaign, Gadon perorated on what ails Philippine society, the pervasive graft and corruption in government, the usual problems of poverty, jobs, housing, etc. In short, he talked sense in that unrealistic, if serious, effort to become senator. In this country, one can babble some generic concern for the poor and the masses and win a Senate seat, if you are a Pacquiao, a Jaworski or a Lapid. A Gadon needed to work faster and doubly hard just to be noticed.

But now Attorney Gadon has become a household name, known to one and sundry thru the media, and all because he is the private person who had the courage to initiate the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno. If the senatorial elections were held today, he would surely receive a better reception from the voters than what he got back in 2016.

It is risky and fraught with danger, this business of fighting the Supreme Court or the Chief Justice, especially if you are a lawyer. Atty. Alan Paguia learned this the hard way, having suffered loss of his license to practice just because he could not honestly teach in law school the clearly unconstitutional Davide interpretation of President Joseph Estrada’s “constructive resignation”. 

So Attorney Gadon is flirting with danger when he filed that impeachment complaint against Sereno. Now the effort is snowballing, so to speak, and more and more members of the High Court are joining the bandwagon, each saying unpalatable things about the Chief Justice. The only question now is this: will the charges stick? 

The congressmen who backed Gadon’s complaint had to tell him to shut up, to refrain from issuing media statements that are sometimes misinterpreted as coming from the House justice committee.

Perhaps Gadon is relishing his newfound popularity so much that he thought he is one of the lawmakers, too. Rep. Reynaldo Umali, chair of the justice committee, reacted with annoyance at Gadon’s announcement that he would ask the justice committee to subpoena Sereno and issue a warrant for her arrest if she would not cooperate.

Umali said, “Gadon should not jump the gun on the committee and Congress because there are instances when he preempts us. Such pronouncements are making our job difficult and we’re being criticized.”

Representative Umali should not complain so much on the attorney’s reincarnation as a media hound. He was partly responsible for Gadon’s popularity or notoriety, depending on where one is coming from.
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