Attorney Harry Roque Jr., lead counsel of the family of slain Filipino transgender Jeffrey ‘Jennifer’ Laude, will file contempt charges against Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief-of-Staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang and AFP spokesperson Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc.
Roque said he is filing contempt charges to Supreme Court first “to highlight civilian supremacy.” The lawyer added that he will also file graft and administrative charges for letting US Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton remain on US custody.
Armed Forces of the Philippines was the first to file a complaint against Roque before the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. AFP wants Roque disbarred for violating the Code of Professional Responsibility. “As a lawyer, Atty. Roque is, at all times, subject to the watchful public eye and community approbation.”
Last October 22, family Laude and supporters was allegedly led by Roque to the gate of Mutual Defense Board-Security Engagement Board inside Camp Aguinaldo where Pemberton is detained. This led to an untoward incident involving Laude’s German fiancè Marc Suselbeck and sister Marilou.
Attorney Roque is “bound to maintain and live up to the standards of the legal profession not only in keeping a high regard of legal proficiency, which he undoubtedly possesses, but also of distinct high regard for morality, honesty, integrity and fair dealing,” Cabunoc explained.