949 bagong abogado na nakapasa sa 2012 Bar Exams, nanumpa na

admin   •   April 25, 2013   •   2888

Ang special en banc session ng Korte Suprema sa PICC upang pangunahan ang panunumpa ng mga bago abogado nitong Miyerkules. (UNTV News)

Ang special en banc session ng Korte Suprema sa PICC upang pangunahan ang panunumpa ng mga bago abogado nitong Miyerkules. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Opisyal nang kasama sa listahan ng mga abogado ng bansa ang 949 na examinees na nakapasa sa 2012 Bar Examinations.

Sa isang special en banc session ng Korte Suprema na isinagawa sa Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) ngayong Miyerkules (Abril 24), inaprubahan ang pagsama ng mga bagong abogado sa roll of attorneys ng Korte Suprema.

Sinundan ito ng panunumpa ng mga bagong abogado ng bansa.

Kasabay nito, pinaalalahanan ni Associate Justice Martin Villarama, chairman ng 2012 Bar Exams Committee, ang mga bar passer na maging peacemakers sa mga litigant.

Hinimok naman ni Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno ang mga bagong abogado na baguhin ang pagkakilala ng publiko sa mga abogado na umano’y makasarili at mayayabang.

Samantala, kabilang sa pinakabagong mga abogado ng bansa ang 69-anyos na si Cesar Barcelona Bagaipo, isang retiradong manager ng bangko.

Ayon kay Barcelona, matagal na niyang pangarap na makapagtapos ng abogasya ngunit hindi niya ito maituloy dahil sa kanyang trabaho.

Ilang taon ang nakalipas mula ng magretiro siya noong 2001, nagpasya siyang ituloy ang pag-aaral at tapusin ang abogasya.

Isa umanong malaking tagumpay para sa kanya na maabot ang kanyang pangarap na maging abogado sa kabila ng kanyang edad. (Roderic Mendoza & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

PET orders Comelec, SolGen to comment on Robredo-Marcos poll protest

Robie de Guzman   •   September 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to comment on the bid of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos to nullify the election results in three provinces in Mindanao.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the PET ordered the Comelec to submit in 20 days its comment on issues related to annulment of elections in connection with Marcos’ third cause of action in his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo, which is the annulment of election results in Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Maguindanao due to alleged terrorism, intimidation, voter harassment and pre-shading of ballots.

The tribunal also directed the poll body and the OSG to comment on whether the PET has the power to declare the annulment of elections without special elections; and the failure of elections and order the conduct of special elections.

The PET likewise asked the Comelec and the OSG whether the tribunal’s declaration of failure of elections, and an order for special elections, will violate the poll body’s mandate under the constitution.

The tribunal also ordered the poll body to report to the justices if petitions for failure of elections were filed in the three Mindanao provinces; if the petitions were granted or denied and if special elections were held in the said areas, and the results of these special elections.

It likewise directed that the Comelec and the OSG be furnished copies of its Oct. 15, 2019 resolution and of the separate memoranda submitted by camps of Robredo and Marcos on the said resolution.

In a statement, Robredo’s camp welcomed the development, saying it will help fast-track the resolution of the election protest.

“We will comply with the High Tribunal’s order and wait for the comments of the Commission on Elections and the Solicitor General on the pending matters,” said lawyer Beng Sardillo, Robredo’s counsel.

“We fully believe that the High Tribunal will uphold Vice President Leni Robredo’s victory as seen in the 2016 results and in the recount of ballots. In 2016, our lead was 263,473 votes. And after the recount, our lead increased to 278,566 votes,” Sardillo added.

Marcos’ camp, on the other hand, views the order “with extreme reservation,” as it added “another layer that would cause tremendous delay” in referring the matter to Comelec and the OSG.

Marcos’ spokesperson, lawyer Vic Rodriguez said their protest is under real threat of becoming moot and academic because there is a very thin time left in the term of the contested position.

“May threat na po ang aming election protest na maging moot and academic sapagkat nariyan na po sa paligid ang events of 2022 (elections), nalalapit na po yung filing of candidacy nariyan na po yung campaign period and eventually the conduct of national election,” he said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

Supreme Court suspends work at all courts Monday afternoon for Family Week

Robie de Guzman   •   September 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday announced that work at all courts nationwide will be suspended at 3:30 p.m. on Monday in line with the observance of Family Week.

“Chief Justice Peralta leads the Judiciary in celebrating Family Week pursuant to Proclamation No. 60 (s.1992),” the SC Public Information Office (PIO) said in an advisory posted on its Twitter account.

“Work in all courts nationwide today shall only be until 3:30PM, to encourage court employees to spend more time with their families,” it added.

Under Presidential Proclamation No. 60 (s. of 1992), the last week of September of every year is declared as Family Week.

Malacañang earlier announced that work in government agencies under the executive branch will also be shortened on Monday afternoon to allow workers to celebrate Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga Day.

The Palace also encouraged other branches of the government, independent commissions and the private sector to do the same.

However, agencies whose functions involve the delivery of basic and health and services, preparedness/response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of other vital services are exempted from the work suspension.

SC ‘considering’ online bar exams, CJ Peralta says

Marje Pelayo   •   September 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) is considering holding the next bar examinations virtually.

At Thursday’s Senate hearing on the Judiciary’s proposed 2021 budget, Senator Francis Tolentino cited that there are several states in the United States that are gearing towards online bar examinations.

According to Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta, they are looking into the said move.

The SC has decided to postpone the 2020 bar examinations due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

It is expected to be held in November this year in conjunction with the 2021 bar examinations.

Next year’s bar exams will be held simultaneously at three sites located in Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Associate justice and 2020 bar examination chairman Marvic Leonen confirmed that the team of the bar chair has been studying the possibility of conducting online but proctored bar exams or a mix of online and written exams in more than two places as part of bar reform.

“Definitely, the bar examinations will not be conducted as it was before,” he said.

“We have to embrace a better normal that is safe, effective and equitable taking advantage of the best digital formats while at the same time acknowledging issues of security and accessibility for some bar applicants,” he added.
 
Leonen said he has already “provided general briefings to the Court en banc but have not yet made a firm proposal until we have worked out all the logistical and security issues.”
 
“I am also in constant consultation with members of the Court and the bar chairs that will succeed me in 2022, 2023 and 2024,” he added.
 
 Leonen said that in the coming months, pilot tests will be done to see the viability of various proposals for the conduct of future bar exams. 

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