Miriam Defensor-Santiago a bad example?

>> Thursday, February 2, 2012

Finally, someone said something and I totally agree Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago is setting a bad example with her very bad attitude that causes her blood pressure to go up and creates unnecessary stress to all involved including herself.

MANILA, Philippines – Former Senator Rene Saguisag on Tuesday reminded senator-judges in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona not to set a bad by humiliating a fellow lawyer in public.

“It’s not the task of a judge to humiliate a fellow lawyer,” Saguisag said during an interview with dzMM.

Saguisag was referring to last week’s incident where Senator-judge Miriam Defensor-Santiago berated private prosecutor Arthur Lim for engaging her in a colloquy when she asked if the impeachment complaint accuses Corona of violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

“Inubos yung oras sa kakasabon doon sa prosekusyon,” said Saguisag.

The human rights lawyer also quoted a Spanish saying “la cortesia no quita la valentia” or “courtesy does not detract from valor”.

“Matapang ka, matigas ka, pero you can be courteous at the same time. Pero kung babastusin mo ang kapwa abugado, ang daming nanonood dyan--[it] sets, to me, a bad example,” he said.

Saguisag said that during his time, “judges and elder lawyers would be patient with us, guide us, would teach us and would never humiliate us”.

“Pero kung hihiyain mo, hindi yun ang nasa canon of ethics namin. Yan ay ginigiya mo, pinangangaralan mo, inaakay mo, dahil you were young once,” he said.

Read more: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/-depth/01/31/12/saguisag-says-miriam-set-bad-example


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