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SC justice to new attorneys: ‘What you went by way of is unprecedented’

A complete of 8,241 new attorneys took their oath on the Mall of Asia in Pasay Metropolis on Monday, Might 3, 2022. (Picture from the Supreme Court docket Public Data Workplace)

MANILA, Philippines — Supreme Court docket Senior Affiliate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe recommended the 8,241 new attorneys who handed the primary on-line, decentralized bar exams throughout their induction on Monday on the Mall of Asia Area in Pasay Metropolis.

“What you went by way of is unprecedented, for efficiently hurdling the bar examinations throughout a worldwide pandemic, and in addition dealing with head-on the varied reforms within the bar — particularly, the shift to a digital modality and to a multi-venue setup. Your batch is sui generis,” Bernabe mentioned in her speech on the oath-taking ceremony.

“Nobody, aside from you, can declare that they’ve earned their entry to the authorized career below these distinctive circumstances,” she added.

She famous the hardships the brand new attorneys needed to face as they have been getting ready for the exams — the nervousness of catching COVID-19 or the “arduous highway” of recovering from it, the psychological and bodily drain of reviewing below well being restrictions, and the uncertainty introduced in regards to the repeated postponement of the exams.

“ you now, I see not mere survivors. As a substitute, I see warriors and victors. With you, the cliché can’t be extra true: the more durable the battle, the sweeter the victor,” Bernabe mentioned.

The senior affiliate justice, who is about to retire after 26 years within the judiciary, gave the brand new attorneys three suggestions:

  • Construct an unrelenting work ethic and attempt for excellence.
  • By no means be complacent and push for essential change.
  • By no means compromise integrity.

“The oath will not be a hole formality however a life-long dedication to abide by an exacting moral code. I pray that you’ll adhere to each solemn phrase of the lawyer’s oath you’ll utter, and always, stay trustworthy to the beliefs of the career,” Bernabe mentioned.

“Be life-long disciples of the legislation and embed the craving for justice into the tapestry of your authorized profession. Might you always remember that being a lawyer will not be a place of entitlement or a privilege that makes you extra vital than others. Quite, it places you within the place to work for the betterment of society,” she added.

This 12 months’s bar exams produced the most important variety of passers within the nation’s historical past — 8,241, or 72.8 %, of 11,402 takers.


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