Sen. Leila de Lima elated after son passes Bar exam

Published May 5, 2019, 11:26 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Hannah Torregoza

Detained Senator Leila de Lima said she is very elated to learn the news that her son, Vincent Joshua Bohol, has passed the 2018 Bar Examinations.

Senator Leila de Lima (REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco / MANILA BULLETIN)
Senator Leila de Lima

De Lima, an opposition lawmaker, said her son’s success was her happiest day even while in detention.

Vincent, who graduated from the law school of San Beda College Alabang in June 3 last year, is included in the list of 1,800 bar passers that the Supreme Court released on May 3.

The proud mother, who is also a lawyer herself, extended her congratulations to her youngest son who followed in her footsteps.

“Sweetest congratulations, dear Vincent! So very happy! My happiest day in more than two (2) years. Praise God!” she said in a handwritten note addressed to him.

In a separate statement, the senator also thanked the Lord for guiding her son and blessing her family.

“A most glorious day for me and our family,” she said. “Glory to You, o Lord! Thank you… thank you… thank you.”

A month before Vincent’s graduation in May 2018, De Lima asked the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court Branches 205 and 206 to grant her furlough to attend his graduation rites.

Unfortunately, the court rejected the Senator’s motion thereby preventing her from attending her son’s graduation.

The court sustained the prosecution’s arguments that her presence would supposedly disrupt the commencement exercises and that the Senator is allegedly a “high flight risk.”

De Lima, an alumna of San Beda College of Law who placed 8th in the 1985 bar examinations, is facing drug charges over alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prisons.

The senator, however, maintained that the charges against her were fabricated by the Duterte administration.