By Chito Chavez
A group of human rights lawyers today (November 5) asked the bar examinees to be the people’s human rights defenders and counsels citing the urgent need of the country to produce lawyers that would defend the oppressed and downtrodden.
Members of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) said it would be the “best time” for bar takers to “immerse with the many cases of human rights violations on the ground,” adding that the law profession “can only be truly noble if dedicated to the struggle of the people.”
“May the spate of killings among the poor, the illegal arrests of innocent civilians and political dissenters and the forced evacuation of civilians and other human rights violations elsewhere in the country in the name of martial law, war on drugs and the government’s counter-insurgency program, inspire you to exert all your best efforts, ” the NUPL said.
The NUPL also wished this year’s over 7,000 bar examinees the best of luck as they are set to take the tests for aspiring lawyers for four Sundays that began today.
“Despite the lingering image, rightly or wrongly, of lawyers as mercenaries and opportunists consumed by material wealth, power or ambition, there are those who stand out and make a difference by being upright, competent and selfless,” the group said.
“We are confident you know where you deserve to be. We are waiting for you,” it added.
Some 7,227 law graduates from the various universities and colleges in the country are taking the bar examinations at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila.
The Office of the Bar Confidant said the figure is higher than last year’s 6,831 law graduates who were admitted to take the exam.
The bar examinees will be tested in Political Law, Civil Law, Taxation, Labor Law, Criminal Law, Remedial Law, Mercantile Law and Legal and Judicial Ethics.
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