Apr 24, 2021 @ 9:45

SC junks late Monetary Board member’s disbarment case versus Erap’s deceased spokesman

The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed a disbarment complaint filed by the late Monetary Board (MB) member Antonino Alindogan, Jr., against former Presidential Spokesperson Fernando “Jerry” Barican because the latter already passed away in 2014.

In a recent 3-page minute resolution, the SC 2nd Division took judicial notice of reports by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Manila Times, ABS-CBN News, Rappler and The Philippine Star regarding Barican’s death due to a stroke on October 3, 2014.

It explained that the Barican named as respondent in the disbarment case was the same as the person mentioned in the news for being the spokesperson of former President Joseph Estrada, a Harvard graduate, an activist, and a co-founder of Lakas ng Bayan (LABAN) party.

The news reports even mentioned that Barican worked in the banking industry, where he met complainant Alindogan, who died on May 6, 2018.

“Here, despite the non-submission of the death certificate of respondent Atty. Fernando T. Barican, the Court finds sufficient basis to dismiss the present complaint,” read the minute resolution signed by Division Clerk of Court Teresita Aquino Tuazon.

“All told, the Court is convinced that respondent had shuffled off his mortal coil. In light of this supervening event, the Court may no longer exercise jurisdiction over the present complaint,” it concluded.

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