The lawyer, who was alleged to have threatened about 40 beneficiaries of the Human Rights Victim's Claims Board in Negros Occidental for not giving 20 percent of their monetary award, said yesterday that these accusations are all lies and besmirched his reputation.
Rey Gorgonio, in a statement furnished to the DAILY STAR yesterday, said that his dignity as a lawyer was “maliciously besmirched” by persons whom he served until they were awarded millions of pesos from HRVCB.
In a press conference on Sunday in Bacolod City, the beneficiaries claimed that they received demand letters from Rey Gorgonio allegedly asking for 20 percent of their benefits after he rendered his services for processing their monetary awards.
These beneficiaries were victims of human rights violations during the Martial Law era.
In statement read by Ma. Fe Tanallon, one of the HRVCB beneficiaries, said that they are receiving threats from individuals who claimed to be working to Gorgonio and some have already been forced to pay.
However, Gorgonio, in his statement, said that it was they who allegedly proposed to pay half of their award, but out of his deep sympathy to them, he only settled for 20 percent of their total award.
“Since April to July 2014 Edmundo Diaz, Danilo Malimbag, Ma. Fe Tanallon, Violeta Oyos, along with numerous HR violations victims during martial law were lining up (at) my office... it is an utter lie for them to claim that they paid me for the notarial of their documents,” the statement said.
Gorgonio also claimed that Diaz and Tanallon are allegedly collecting fees from the other claimants and demand letters were served for compliance with their legal obligations.
He added that he has already filed cases against them and these are now pending before the court at the Hall of Justice in Bacolod City.*MLG
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