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IBP DENIES RECEIVING ALLOWANCES FROM CHIEF JUSTICE SERENO



The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has denied allegations that its top executives have been receiving allowances from Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

The IBP cited – IBP's President, Executive Vice President, the members of the Board of Governors, all Chapter and Regional Officers did not receive any allowance from Sereno or the SC.

This was in connection with the accusations of the lawyer behind the impeachment complaint against the SC chief, Attorney Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon.

The IBP also gave assurance that their elected officials serve without any compensation or honorarium.

Gadon recently claimed IBP had shown bias in favor of the chief magistrate, since she has been giving allowances to these officials.

The IBP stated “it is reckless for a lawyer to make false and unfounded allegations.”

They noted they respect the right of a person's freedom of expression.

However, the IBP also pointed out that truth, fairness, and professional ethics must not be lost even in partisan and passionate lawyering,

For now, the chief justice is currently on leave for in preparation for her impending impeachment trial at the Senate.