THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday made good on its threat to file a disbarment complaint before the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) against Harry Roque for alleged violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility.
The complaint against Roque stemmed from the recent security breach in Camp Aguinaldo when the sister of slain Filipino transgender Jeffrey “Jennnifer” Laude and Marc Sueselbeck scaled the fence at the military camp allegedly on the instigation of the lawyer.
Military spokesman Lt. Harold Cabunoc said as a lawyer, Roque at all times is bound to maintain and live up to the standards of the legal profession not only in keeping a high regard of legal proficiency but also for morality, honesty, integrity and fair dealing.
“As a lawyer, he must bring honor to the legal profession by faithfully performing his duties to society and he must refrain from doing any act that might lessen the confidence and trust reposed by the public in the fidelity, honesty and integrity of the legal profession,” Cabunoc added.
The official claimed that Roque, as counsel for the Laude family, used deception to gain entry in the camp and instigated the German to scale the perimeter fence of the Mutual Defense Board-Security Engagement Board facility where US serviceman Private First Class Joseph Scott Pem-berton, the suspect in Laude’s slay, was detained.