LAWYER-ACTIVIST Argee Guevarra claimed on Monday that former Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) spokesperson Trixie Cruz-Angeles, who was suspended from practicing law for three years by the Supreme Court (SC), had other victims other than Cleo Dongga-as who was duped of 350,000.
Angeles was Guevarra’s former law partner.
The SC suspended Angeles for three years after finding her guilty of violating the Code of Professional Responsibility for accepting P350,000 from Dongga-as despite failing to render legal services in an annulment case.
Dongga-as had accused Angeles and Wylie Paler of refusing to refund the money she paid when the two lawyers failed to secure an annulment for her or give reports on the progress of her case.
Aside from refusing to refund Dongga-as, Angeles and Paler also charged their client an additional P45,000 for “consultants.”
After kicking her out of their law office, Guevarra said he discovered from their staff that Angeles had “a pattern of demanding attorney’s fees from clients and after payments to her have been made, she fails to render any legal service.”
Aside from Dongga-as, Guevarra said Angeles also defrauded another client, John Haber.
Guevarra also claimed that persons connected with the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) revealed that Angeles, legal counsel for the NCCA, took P240,000 from the Heritage Foundation.