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Sandiganbayan scolds abogada for calling it ‘allergic’ to inordinate delay argument

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The Sandiganbayan has taken the lawyer of Quezon City councilor Roderick Paulate to task for saying it was “allergic” to the defense of inordinate delay.

In a recent 26-page resolution, the court’s 7th Division sternly scolded Erika Krizia Galapate for being “abrasive, discourteous and intemperate.”

In Paulate’s May 18 motion to dismiss his case involving the alleged hiring of fictitious contractual personnel in 2010, Galapate said the court had refused to apply the inordinate delay doctrine in the graft case of Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Treñas, because it was “allergic” to the argument.

Another lawyer, Reynaldo Cabatigue III, apologized for the wording of the motion in a May 25 hearing.

Still, the court said: “She did not so subtly portray this Court as predisposed to rule against the defense of inordinate delay.”

“While we understand that an unfavorable decision usually incites bitter feelings, we cannot comprehend the snide remarks or sarcastic innuendos used by Attorney Galapate,” read the minute resolution.

But, the court decided not to hold Galapate in direct contempt and opted to just warn her instead.

“We charge it to human frailty,” said the court.

Meanwhile, Paulate’s motion was not successful, as the court found the Ombudsman “justified” to have taken five years and 11 months in its investigation because of the “complexity of the issues involved.

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