PHILIPPINE Constitution Association (Philconsa) President Martin Romualdez yesterday wished this year’s 8,701 Bar examinees the best of luck.
“May all of you pass the Bar examinations as the best reward for your hard works,” said Romualdez, a lawyer and former House Independent Bloc Leader of the 16th Congress.
The Office of the Bar Confidant accepted 8,701 examinees this Sunday that will kick off at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST). Should they pass the Bar examinations, Romualdez said he expects the soon-to-be lawyers to take more pro bono work to help deliver justice for the poor people and help improve the country’s judicial system.
“I expect they will go a long way in improving the judicial system by actively representing in the future after passing the Bar examinations, hopefully not just those who have the capability [to pay] but those fellow Filipinos who cannot afford [legal services],” Romualdez, President of the Lakas-Muslim-Christian Democrats (CMD) who obtained his law degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law, underscored.
“We hope that someday, all the succesful examinees consider spending a little time doing pro bono work. We really need that because there is a perception that the law only favors the rich,” Romualdez stressed.
“As this early, I am wishing them to have a very successful and prosperous legal career, but while looking forward to that prosperity, we will not leave out our fellow Filipinos who are not represented well and do not have much in law,” Romualdez explained.
It was Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo, chair of the Bar exams committee, who led the preparations for the exams.
During the four Sundays of the exams, the SC will deploy 10 buses to transport the examinees and duty personnel to UST from several pick-up points in case of heavy rains.
To ensure peace and order, the SC has coordinated with the Manila city government and Manila Police District.
At the same time, a liquor ban will be imposed within the 100-meter radius of the UST and a “no parking” policy will be implemented along España and Dapitan streets during the exams.
It was learned that tents, tarpaulins and loud music in the vicinity of the venue will be banned and medical personnel will be on standby for emergency situations.