VP tells new lawyers: Do right for Filipinos

Published May 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin


By Raymund Antonio

Vice President and opposition leader Leni Robredo called on the country’s new lawyers to help their fellow Filipinos to attain justice.

Vice President Leni Robredo  (Charlie Villegas, OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Vice President Leni Robredo
(Charlie Villegas, OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Masaya malampasan mo ‘to. Tingin ko, mas meaningful na sukat, hindi grade mo sa bar, pero kung paano mo ginamit iyong pagiging abogado mo sa community,” Robredo, a lawyer, told LevelUpdates on Instagram last weekend. (It’s fun that you passed it (bar exams). I think the more meaningful measure is not your grade, but how you’ll be using your being a lawyer to help the community.)

“Tingin ko, iyong mas malaking challenge sa kanila yung ipakita na nagamit sa tama iyong pinaghirapan kasi ito naman ’yung essence ng pagiging abogado,” she stressed.
(I think the bigger challenge is for them to put to good use what they worked hard for because this is the essence of being a lawyer.)

A total of 2,103 examinees or 27.36 percent of the 7,685 takers passed the 2019 Bar examinations.

Mae Diane Azores, a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas in Legazpi City, was the top-notcher, with a 91.049 percent rating.

The top five passers were all women, according to a list released by the Supreme Court last week.

Robredo said she is very proud of Azores and Myra Baranda, her fellow Bicolanos, who landed in the Top 5. Baranda ranked third with a grade of 88.825 percent.

The vice president congratulated the new lawyers and advised those who failed this year’s bar exams to keep their hopes up.

Robredo turned to her personal experience of flunking the bar exams on her first try to drive home her message.

Robredo, widow of the late Naga Mayor and Interior and Local Governments Secretary Jesse Robredo, recalled that she was a mother of two when she took the exams.

“I know how difficult it was for each examinee. When I didn’t pass on my first try, my daughter got sick,” she said.

“For those who were not lucky, don’t lose hope because sometimes it is just a matter of time,” she added.