Lawyers and society

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By Nef Luczon

Pencalibur

Monday, March 30, 2015


DURING the visit and open dialogue of Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal at the Archbishop’s Palace in Cagayan de Oro last week, he recounted how he had “problems” with lawyers when it comes to interpreting the provisions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

“If there are 10 lawyers reading the BBL, there would be 10 different interpretations of just a single provision,” Iqbal said, eliciting laughter from the audience of around 70 that included Msgr. Rey Monsanto.

One of the most anticipated examination results in the country is finding out who passed the Bar, or how many was able to make the cut.

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Out of 5,984 examinees, only 1,126 passed with a passing rate of 18.8 percent.

In this country which is enamored with educational prestige and titles among others, to pass the Bar and become a lawyer may not only mean a significant status symbol but also a mark of achievement over more than a hundredfold of trials since law school.

Indeed true, it wasn’t easy what every person has gone through to become lawyers since law school days, and the battery of reviews afterwards. It is only not the mental or cognitive capacity being challenged, but the financial aspect as well.

We have heard stories of sweet success, but we also witness stories of sadness, especially to those who weren’t able to pass at the first, second or more tries. Especially this year, when I learned that all of the friends and former classmates I know weren’t able to make it.

But this should not be the end of everything. There will always be a time to pass and maybe the next time it will come into fruition.

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Lawyers are respected authority in our society, they are a reminder of laws to most of us.

Some lawyers work in the government sector, some in the corporate world, but it is interesting that some engage in alternative practice who deal with unique cases.

Most of our lawyers today have become politicians, and once sitting in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, they are looked up to by the people who elected them. However, some of the lawyer politicians, if not all, succumbed to the evils of the system, that is why instead implementing the law they tend to bend the law and be above the law.

One of my great grand uncles told me, study law and become a lawyer. Maybe, in the future, but for now I need to condition my mind first and understand from a different perspective why our justice system remains slow while every year there are new lawyers passing the prestigious Bar examinations.

[Email: nefluczon@gmail.com]

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 30, 2015.

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