Based on the video, I believe that the least that the IBP should do to Atty Castro is discipline her. And I do believe that an argument can be made for her disbarment. Here are the reasons why:
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Atty Claire Castro: De Campanilla ng ABS-CBN?
Today I was able to watch the alleged video of the now trending incident in MPD that ended up in the arrest of Atty Claire Castro, her partner, and her client. Here is the video:
Apparently, the MPD arrested her client upon the complaint of the latter’s live in partner. Here are the facts of the case as narrated by Atty Reynold Villania in his Facebook account:
1. The police station is not the place for argument. It is a place for investigation. The policemen made a decision to conduct an arrest so they must have a reason. If Atty Castro believes otherwise, then the correct action is to file a writ of habeas corpus in the proper court. Later, she may also throw the books against the police officers if she likes: Articles 124 and 269 of the Revised Penal Code quickly come to mind. She can even throw in coercion or abduction to boot, not to mention the administrative charges. But a shouting match? Come on! What does she expect? The police to fold up, wither, and die? Hindi mangyayari sa MPD yan!
2. Interfering with an active investigation is obstruction of justice penalized by PD 1829. Common sense lang. Hindi pa ba nya naririnig ang "Presumption of Regularity?" Kung hindi pa, gusto kong malaman kung saang iskwelahan sya nagtapos ng abogasya at susunugin ko na agad ang iskwelahan na yun. Walang itinuturong mabuti e. Kasi nga naman kung ang style ni Atty Castro ay itolerate natin, wala nang kasong makakarating sa korte kasi sa PNP station pa lang, dedesisyunan na natin ito! Ako bilang pulis gustong gusto ko ito. Ang tanong ay payag ba kayo mga taga IBP?
3. Forcing your way out of the station with your client in tow is very much unbecoming of a lawyer and could be criminal. Shouting “Walang Warrant!” kaya illegal ang arrest is INTELLECTUAL PREVARICATION AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL! Even bar flunkers know that there are numerous instances that arrests can be legally made even without a warrant! (Well, what do you expect? She is a lawyer nga di ba? Eto sila: A Nation of Liars, Cheaters, and Thieves!”) As to her opinion, “Wala namang ginagawa sa SM!” Well, opinion nya yun. She should present it in court at a later date but not in a police station!
Now I read that the three were eventually released the next day. Let me guess: she eventually took the correct route which she should have done in the first place: bribe the fiscal who conducted the inquest proceedings?
Ang Abogado de Campanilla ng ABS-CBN ay nahawa na kay Vice Ganda?
God help the Philippines!