Aga Muhlach lawyer hits allegations CA favored actor with swift TRO


Actor Aga Muhlach: Favored? INQUIRER.NET FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The lead counsel of Aga Muhlach has described as “baseless and frivolous” allegations made by the camp of suspended Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia that the Court of Appeals’ speedy issuance of a temporary restraining order in favor of the actor was tainted with “political bias.”

Lawyer Romulo Macalintal called on Garcia and her daughter and counsel Cristina Codilla-Frasco “to rely on the strength of their own evidence and arguments,” adding that the cases of Muhlach and Garcia were “poles apart or very different from each other.”

“The facts and the laws applicable are not the same as well as the remedies resorted to by their respective lawyers before the Court of Appeals. It was a sheer coincidence that their cases were assigned in the same division presided over by Associate Justice Vicente Veloso,” Macalintal said in a statement.

The division is hearing two cases: Garcia’s suspension by Malacañang and Muhlach’s delisting from the voters’ list by a regional court in Camarines Sur.

Garcia’s camp had asked Veloso to inhibit himself from the case. Frasco lamented the “inordinate delay” of the division chaired by the justice in issuing a TRO that her mother had sought long ago.

Frasco complained that there was “something amiss” when the court granted the TRO for Muhlach’s case the same day of the oral arguments were held while it took the tribunal 40 days to deny Garcia’s plea for TRO.

Macalintal, however, protested the comparison.

“Such an allusion is not only an affront to the integrity of our justice system but to the integrity and competence of Muhlach’s lawyers who religiously and dutifully prepared and argued the latter’s case before the court,” he said.

“We want to make it clear and of record that we sincerely and honestly believe on the merits of Muhlach’s case, which was the primary consideration why we accepted this professional engagement. There was no political or any kind of consideration involved when we filed the case and subsequently obtained the TRO from the court,” Macalintal added.

The lawyer said Garcia’s case involved “more of a procedural matter” where she raised the issue that the suspension order was allegedly “served beyond the prescriptive period provided for by law.” On the other hand, Muhlach’s case involves substantial matter involving “a very clear case of grave abuse of discretion committed by the RTC when it changed the meaning of the law on voter registration,” according to Macalintal.

Macalintal said Muhlach’s camp was able to convince the court on the urgency of issuing the TRO immediately after the oral argument on Jan. 15 because the Commission on Elections was poised to cancel the certificate of candidacy of Muhlach on the following day.

The actor would have suffered grave and irreparable injury as his name would not be on the ballots, which have been scheduled for printing by the Comelec, Macalintal added.

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  • 33Sambuang2

    manahimik ka ngang kawatang garcia. baho kag bilat hinampak ka. abat kag nawong

  • 33Sambuang2

    gwen, paghilom oi………………………….. kwaknit. dili na lagi ka butohon sa mga taga cebu kay nipalit kag yuta unya tubigan diay. kaulaw nimo, kaulaw mo tanan, amahan, anak, igsoon….
    mga kwanggol mong tanan.  ahhhhhhhhhhhhh lami nimo sagpaong buanga ka

    • JuanTamadachi


    • ed_nique

      dili man knhanglan ni gwen nga botohan sa tanang taga cebu, diha lang sa 3rd district iyang kinahanglan. kapait, murag makalusot pa ni …

      laing istorya hinuon kang PJ, alegre pa ning election sa governor. 4 ka distrito ilaha, 2 ra sa LP

  • bogli_anakdami

    in flipland, looks is everything…

    aga eh mukhang tao… poging-pogi… allah eh si gwen, mukhang kabayo in skinny jeans…

    tapos, eh makinis pang kutis… gumagamit cguro ng industrial strength eskinol w/ papaya extract…

    yun lang…

    • Pulokoy

       lol this one made my day

    • akongednamzug

      Ibig mong sabihin Brod, kamag-anak ni Gwen si Vice Ganda. Kidding aside, sa totoo lang nakakaawa si Gwen, siya ay isang biktima. Napaniwala siya ni Belo na siya ay may pag-asa pang gumanda.

      • indiosbravos2002

        Imbes na kamukha ng models ng Belo naging kamukha nya yong may-ari ng Ellen’s

  • Jadyjade RAMOS

    Nasa Lp kasi si Aga! Di naman doon sa Camarines naka reside o nakatira. Ganyan talaga. Di sa Camarines naninirahan pero pwedeng kumandidato. Di sa Camaines Sur naninirahan pwedeng kumandidato? Ano ba kayoooooo!

  • Ernesto

    layo naman yan c AGA wala syang  kaso sa OMBUDSMAN c Garcia may kaso graft and corrupttion,

  • Alfred A

    Simpre.. Aga is with LP, Garcia is not … also Aga is pogi (hilig ng mga bading), Garcia is not…

    • Ernesto

      may kaso c garcia sa ombudsman.graft and corruption bili sya ng lupa sa balili estate ,overpriced

  • indiosbravos2002

    Oh shoot. Looks like Fuentebella along with his party mates including Garcia are trembling in fear of this actor. Habang tinitira lalong pinaguusapan tuloy si Aga. If the political dynasty family of Arnulfo and Wimpy would just shut up. Then maybe they would stop giving free publicityy to their enemy. Tangenot talaga.

  • indiosbravos2002

    Garcia– tama na. Ayaw ka nang pagusapan ng tao. Laos ka na.

  • kapayapaan_1900

    “Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first deprives of their senses”.  Don’t you get it Gov Gwen?  It is as bright as the sun.  Pati ang CA ay inakusahan mo sa akala mo’y hindi pantay na pagtrato sa ‘yo.  Pati si Aga Muhlach na kaiba ang situwasyon sa ‘yo ay kinaladkad mo pa sa ‘yong pag aalburuto.  You abused your power in usurping the rights and duties of your Vice-Governor who later died with a broken heart.  You refused to follow the rule of law “over your dead body” per your suspension order.  You purchased a beachfront property under water for the province of Cebu whom you vowed to serve and protect its interest.  Let’s face it.  Your time is up!  You’re done!  You are finished!  Kaput, just like your benefactor GMA.

  • noypisiTED

    “Thinkers doers”. Ganyan sila Gwndolyn nung panahon ng pamamayagpag nila sa rehimeng Gloria Arroyo kaya ang isip nila ganun parin ngayon, diba Atty. Mac, na bogado rin ni Arroyo nun?

  • virgoyap

    Aga’s and Garcia’s case is beyond compare. Even a non lawyer reader can easily noticed. Aga is a question of residency while Garcia is about graft and corruption. It’s just like comparing an ant to an elephant; to a puppy and to a witch.

  • jimi_c

    The Lawyers of the suspended governor is very desperate and blame other people of their incompetence.  They know that the 2 cases are different but they insist that it is the same.  One is about his candidacy and the other is abused of power, Is the 2 cases similar?  

  • julieboy

    I have no idea how Mulach ended up in Camsur.Anyway “only in the philippines”always kicks in.Garcia is charged of graft while Aga is residence issue.Lawyers can really make people stupid sometimes.

  • taga-masid

    GWEN GARCIA, kunin mo ang serbisyo JPE bilang counsel mo – magaling siya, hindi tulad ng anak mo at ni frasco, hindi pinag-aaralan mabuti ang kaso mo. at ginagawa nila ay finger pointing  at namumulitika lamang. 

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