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Topacio wants SC to cite ex-commissioner Guanzon for indirect contempt

Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio on Tuesday filed a petition for indirect contempt with the Supreme Court against former poll Commissioner Rowena Guanzon for publicly disclosing that she had filed a disbarment case against him.

In a 20-page petition, Topacio cited Rule 139-B of the Rules of Court, saying that proceedings against attorneys shall be private and confidential.

“At maliwanag po ang patakaran ng ating Korte Suprema na kung ikaw ay mag hahain ng disbarment proceedings laban sa isang abogado katulad ko… ito po ay confidential,” Topacio said in an ambush interview.

(It is clear from the rules of the Supreme Court that when you file disbarment proceedings against a lawyer like me, it is confidential.)

“Sapagkat hindi pa nga alam kung may ground for disbarment o wala, nasisira na po ‘yung reputasyon ng isang abogado,” he added.

(Because it is not yet clear if there was a ground for disbarment or not, the reputation of the lawyer is damaged.)

When sought for comment, Guanzon told GMA News Online that Topacio was “being vengeful.”

“He is accused in a criminal case. I filed in RTC Bacolod for unjust vexation. So he is being vengeful,” Guanzon said.

“I also filed a motion in the RTC for judge to order him to stay away from me and not to comment about me or contact me in any manner directly or indirectly,” she added. — Joahna Lei Casilao/RSJ, GMA Integrated News