Solicitor Paul Tse Wai-chun burst into tears in court yesterday as he lamented the furore surrounding the release of two Hong Kong men wrongly jailed in Manila on drug charges. Mr Tse, who is claiming to have been defamed during a radio broadcast, said later he had advised one of the freed men, tour guide Paul Au Wing-cheung, against suing the tour firm he worked for because of the 'mental anguish' it would cause. The lawyer, also a columnist and former Metro Radio host, is suing Teacup in a Storm co-hosts Albert Cheng King-hon and Lam Yuk-wah, claiming they smeared his reputation on air by saying he was only acting in the travel industry's interests when he advised Mr Au. Mr Tse was an honorary legal adviser to a travel industry group which helped free Mr Au. He is also suing the Hong Kong Commercial Broadcasting Company. Mr Tse and Mr Cheng helped in the campaign to free Mr Au and tourist Wong Chuen-ming. The pair were jailed for life after being convicted of carrying more than 34 kilograms of 'ice' into Manila's airport in 1991, said barrister Jason Pow, acting for Mr Tse. Mr Tse told the Court of First Instance that the four-year fight to free the men turned sour when campaigners became 'wolves fighting against ourselves in the same pack'. The court was cleared for 10 minutes after Mr Tse burst into tears while describing squabbles between two rival lobby groups on their arrival in Manila on April 12 last year. 'After all the troubled waters we had sailed through, why couldn't we arrive triumphantly and take the credit together?' he said, wiping away tears. Mr Tse was overcome and could not continue. Madam Justice Maria Yuen Ka-ning excused the jury while he regained composure. On August 1 last year, Mr Tse heard the radio co-hosts discussing whether Mr Au should take legal action against his former employer, who dismissed him when he was jailed. Mr Tse had advised Mr Au not to take action. The hearing continues today.