Here’s Lagman’s comeback at Duterte defenders Calida, Panelo

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Albay 1st district Rep. Edcel Lagman didn’t let slide the attacks of Solicitor General Jose Calida and Presidential Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo against him and his fellow opposition politikos.

This was after Calida and Panelo badmouthed Lagman and company’s Supreme Court (SC) petition Monday (June 5) which sought the nullification of President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law in the whole of Mindanao.

Lagman, the lead petitioner, said that Calida demeaned his office by calling them “rabble-rousers” and “psychotics”.

“If Calida has not read the 30-page petition or has nothing yet to say traversing its merits, he should hold his tongue and study the case seriously,” the Bicol congressman said in a statement Tuesday (June 6).

He added that the petitioners’ well-reasoned petition “contains legal and factual verities, not psychotic perorations.”

As for Panelo, who described the SC petition from the opposition lawmakers as “black propaganda,” Lagman had this to say:

“Panelo’s branding of the petition as ‘black propaganda’ must be disregarded as a stereotypical reaction by apologists of the President.”

Lagman is a former House Minority Leader.