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“What way do you want me and the court to be more flexible? Are you suggesting that we should allow misleading questions? Are you suggesting that we should allow hearsay evidence? Are you suggesting that we should allow argumentative questions?”
“If you want me to relax the rules, then tell me how I must do it and to what extent. [I am willing to] bend, accommodate [your suggestion to] show you that this court is not for or against anybody… but I must conduct this proceeding in an orderly manner.”
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He is connected with Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila Law Offices in Makati City where he became a junior partner specializing in litigation. His wife, Yvonne Angeli Lee-Tupas, who he has a daughter and a son, is junior partner of the same law firm and is now serving as his chief of staff at the House of Representatives.
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In January 2007, the Office of the Ombudsman under Gutierrez ordered the dismissal and removal from office of then Governor Tupas and then provincial board members Cecilia Capadosa and Domingo Oso for grave misconduct for alleged illegal disbursement of P85,000 to the regional chapter of the provincial board members league in 2004.
But Tupas Sr. fought and refused to leave the Capitol despite the 200 heavily armed policemen who stormed the provincial Capitol in an attempt to drag the governor out of his office. Tupas Jr. stood by his father and faced the policemen who aimed their M-16 rifles at him.
This later was settled and the dismissal order junked.