Gadon slapped with three-month suspension over ‘offensive’ language, SC record shows

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 5)— The Supreme Court (SC) has suspended lawyer Larry Gadon for three months for violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility (CPR), court documents showed.

The high court’s second division, in a resolution dated June 26, issued the suspension order against Gadon for his “offensive” language towards a doctor. The complaint was filed ten years ago.

“Atty. Gadon committed a breach of his oath as a lawyer. He is also guilty of culpable violation of the CPR, the code of ethics of the legal profession,” the resolution read.

According to SC, Gadon violated the Rule 8.01 of the CPR, which says that “a lawyer shall not, in his professional dealings, use language which is abusive, offensive or otherwise improper.” He was also found violating Canon 1 and Canon 8 of the code, which pertain to respect, courtesy, and fairness of practicing lawyers.

The resolution stemmed from a case filed by a dermatologist against Gadon in 2009. The doctor, in her complaint, told about how she was “unilaterally suspended” by Ambulatory Health Care Institute, Inc. (AHCII) from practicing in a Manila-based clinic following a complaint from a patient.

She was later on allowed by AHCII to resume her practice at the clinic under limited hours. But the doctor, through a letter-complaint, appealed the decision before the directors.

She complained that Gadon, who was then Corporate Secretary and Vice President of the institute, responded to her letter in an “insulting manner."

“In the instant case, it is clear that Atty. Gadon put the whole judicial system in bad light after he described the use of legal remedies as slow and "requires a lot of resources.",” the court said in its resolution.

“These words lessen the confidence of the public in the Philippine judicial system and degrades every officer of the court,” it added.

The high court also warned that a repeat of the same act in the future “shall be dealt with more severely.”

Gadon is the legal counsel of “Bikoy”, the man claiming to be the hooded figure in the viral narco list videos which previously linked President Rodrigo Duterte’s family members to the illegal drug trade.

A disbarment case against Gadon, also known as a staunch critic of then Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, was filed in 2018 by a blogger and other protestors who complained of his behavior during a rally in Baguio City. He was taped on video calling the protesters idiots, cussing and flashing the middle finger. Gadon had called the complaints "crazy."

Gadon said he hasn’t received the decision yet. The lawyer said he will file a motion for reconsideration before the court.

CNN Philippines’ Alyssa Rola and Rex Remitio contributed to this report.