- The IBP has reminded Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez about the lawyers’ standards of morality and professionalism
- Nevertheless, the IBP said, Alvarez should be accorded the due process of law if a complaint should be filed against him
- Earlier, Alvarez challenged his critics to disbar him after admitting his extramarital affairs in public
MANILA, Philippines – The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has reminded Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez about the lawyers’ standards of morality and professionalism amid the controversy involving the lawmaker and his extramarital affair.
In a statement on Friday, March 31, the IBP said that in the event a complaint will be lodged against the speaker, he shall be accorded the due process of the law.
“As members of a noble profession and as officers of the court, lawyers are held to a higher standard than most and these standards are seriously enforced by the Supreme Court and by the IBP as the mandatory organization of lawyers,” the statement read.
“In the event that someone should file a complaint against Alvarez, he will, of course, be granted the full measure of his right to due process but these shall be the same standards against which his actions shall be measured,” it added.
Alvarez has been criticized after admitting in public his relationship with a woman who is not his legal wife. The admission came following his spat with Davao Del Norte Rep. Antonio ‘Tonyby’ Floirendo.
In another interview, Alvarez also confessed to have fathered ‘several children’ out of wedlock.
Earlier, the Speaker dared his critics to file a disbarment case against him if they find ethical issues following his admission.
“Eh ‘di go ahead, mag-file ng complaint! Baka walang matirang abogado!” Alvarez quipped. [Go ahead, file a complaint! There’ll be no be lawyers left!]