Sunday, January 29, 2012
Cuevas, drama outside the trial: Palace pressuring me to quit!
Inquirer: Cuevas- Palace pressuring me to quit
Oh the good defense lawyer, former SC justice Serafin Cuevas, is now having a "persecution" complex. He said that the Palace is exerting pressure on him to quit as defense counsel of embattled Renato Corona. He claims that an emissary, a lawyer and a former student of his in the University of the Philippines College of Law studies, has asked him The message? Being asked to leave the defense panel in exchange for the withdrawal of the criminal case against Magtanggol Gatdula, the recently sacked director of the National Bureau of Investigation.
Both Cuevas and Gatdula, the fired NBI director are members of the influential Iglesia ni Cristo.
Cuevas identified the emissary, but asked that his name be withheld. He said emissary feared Palace repercussions!
“I know him to be with Malacañang, (but) I’m not sure whether he’s authorized or he is doing it himself,” the defense counsel said. “I don’t speak with the President anyway … I do not want to add credence to that.”
Really?! Now Cuevas wants the public to sympathize with him about the pressure supposedly coming from Malacanang. Whether it is really true or not, this is part of the stratagems of the legal teams for this high stakes impeachment trial.The good lawyer he is, Cuevas is showing he is not a brave legal warrior, but an actor.