SC disbarment 'no bearing' on anti-poverty czar appointment — Gadon
SC disbarment 'no bearing' on anti-poverty czar appointment — Gadon
SC disbarment 'no bearing' on anti-poverty czar appointment — Gadon
by Christhel Cuazon28 June 2023
Photo courtesy: Atty Larry Gadon Facebook page

The Supreme Court's recent decision has no bearing on his appointment as presidential adviser for poverty alleviation, disbarred lawyer Larry Gadon assured on Wednesday.

The high tribunal has unanimously voted to disbar Gadon due to the "Misogynistic, Sexist, Abusive and Repeated Intemperate Language" he used against journalist Raissa Robles last year.

In an interview with another media outlet, Gadon shrugged off the decision, saying that being a lawyer is not required with the position that President Ferdinand Marcos appointed him to.

Gadon also noted that he has not been practicing as a lawyer for almost a decade.


"Balewala 'yan kasi nag-retire na ako as a lawyer. Since 2015 hindi na ako nag pra-practice eh," he said.

In a press release, the high court voted 15-0 to disbar Gadon as a retort to the viral video where he “repeatedly cursed and uttered profane remarks" against Robles, a Manila correspondent of the South China Morning Post.


The court found the subject video clip as “indisputably scandalous that it discredits the legal profession.”

Gadon said he will file a motion for consideration, and refuted that the case filed by the SC is too heavy.



Before his disbarment, Gadon had been previously suspended by the SC for similarly using offensive and intemperate language and was warned that a repetition of the same case will merit a more severe sanction.

To remain in post
Despite the disbarment, Gadon will remain as the Marcos admin's anti-poverty czar, according to Malacanang.
In a statement released by the Presidential Communications Office (PCO), Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin said they are aware of SC's disbarment order but President Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr. felt that Gadon’s work as the presidential adviser would not be affected by his status as a lawyer.

“This is a matter which he will have to personally attend to,” he added.


Bersamin said the newly appointed presidential adviser will continue his role as “there are urgent matters that need to be done in the President's anti-poverty programs.”


Earlier, Gadon bared that he will be focusing more on projects concerning the nutrition of the youth, starting off with a feeding program called "BBM: Batang Busog, Malusog."

Gadon said he plans to file a motion for reconsideration on the ground that the penalty was "too harsh".

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