Sol Gen slams Saguisag over ‘lapdog’ tag: Sobra ka na!

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The Office of the Solicitor General on Friday took exception over former senator Rene Saguisag’s statement branding OSG as ‘government tuta’ (lapdog) for assisting the Philippine National Police during preliminary investigation on the sedition charges against opposition leaders at the Justice Department.

“Firstly, former Senator Saguisag’s statement spills beyond the walls of decency and propriety. The OSG cannot stomach this language. As a member of the legal profession, Mr. Saguisag should know better than to resort to gutter talk against his colleagues, with whom he has the duty to treat with courtesy, fairness, and candor . Whatever personal misgivings he has in connection with official proceedings should best be kept to himself,” the OSG said in an official statement.

Earlier, Saguisag, who was representing Sen. Risa Hontiveros, along with counsels of other respondents, questioned the presence, and the assistance given by OSG lawyers to the PNP during the entirety of the DOJ hearing.

Attendance sheet showed that two OSG lawyers were present during the preliminary investigation.

But the OSG defended presence of its lawyers during the proceeding, saying ‘the OSG is the defender of the government and its mandate broad in scope.”

“As stated in the Administrative Code of 1987, the OSG is the “law office of the government” and the Solicitor General is the “principal law officer and legal defender of the government.” Indeed, the mandate of the OSG is broad in scope. There are only a few recognized limitations to its authority in special laws and jurisprudence.”

“More importantly, Mr. Saguisag should be reminded that several personalities are charged with crimes against the Government and public order. As Defender of the Republic, the OSG is bound to serve its clients in any matter, which, in its opinion, affects the welfare of the State and the Filipino people, as the ends of justice may require. Thus, the OSG is well within the bounds of law in rendering legal assistance sought by PNP, its client-agency,” the OSG said in the statement. #

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