AFP files disbarment case vs lawyer Harry Roque

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at 2 pm on Tuesday, November 4, filed a disbarment case against lawyer Harry Roque before the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).

The military claimed he committed grave misconduct and violated the Code of Professional Responsibility when he entered a restricted area inside Camp Aguinaldo in October. Camp commander Brigadier General Arthur Ang filed the complaint. 

"As a lawyer, Attorney Roque is, at all times, subject to the watchful public eye and community approbation," reads a statement of the AFP.

"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," it added

The military submitted pictures and affidavits, according to military spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Harold Cabunoc.

Roque is the legal counsel of the family of slain transgender Filipino Jennifer Laude.

The lawyer was with Marilou Laude and Marc Sueselbeck – the victim's sister and German fiancé, respectively – when they climbed over a perimeter fence of Camp Aguinaldo on October 22, in an attempt to personally see US Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton who is detained at the military camp.

Sueselbeck submitted himself to voluntary deportation and was blacklisted by Philippine authorities following the incident, which military officials had earlier blamed on Roque– Rappler.com