IBP vows to build on legal profession improvements for 2021
MANILA, Philippines — The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has vowed to build on the improvements it made in 2020 and continue the delivery of fast service in the legal profession as the country welcomes the New Year.
In his New Year’s message, IBP national president Domingo Cayosa said 2020 remained a fruitful year for the IBP despite the COVID-19 pandemic which altered normalcy, prompting some changes in legal proceedings.
“Despite the challenges, and difficulties caused by the pandemic, 2020 was a fruitful and fulfilling year for [IBP] as it promoted justice BILIS with information technology, attended to the needs and aspirations of its Chapters and members, enhanced partnerships and expanded international linkages, helped respond to the needs of COVID 19 front liners and victims,” Cayosa said on Friday.
“We thank and honor God and all those who labor with us by bravely speaking the truth amidst confusion and dishonesty; seeking justice amidst neglect, abuse, or fear; nurturing peace amidst violence and criminality. We humbly recognize our limitations yet we will not waver in our responsibilities,” he added.
Aside from this, Cayosa also noted how the IBP pushed for science and reason amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the confusion it generated among people and even officials.
“(IBP) advocated for science, reason, and compassion to heal as one, gave aid and comfort to pro bono clients and victims of natural disasters, and steadfastly stood as a sentinel of the rule of law,” he explained.
“We welcome 2021 with hope and joy as well as renewed determination and courage to continue doing more, better, and faster in the legal profession and in the justice sector,” he added.
IBP has remained a vocal observer of events in the country, commenting several times as issues emerge amid the pandemic. Last October, the IBP said the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the controversial Anti-Terrorism Law may face challenges as several lawyers have questioned the law itself before the Supreme Court.
The IBP also vowed to help lawyers handle stress and provide protection following the fatal shooting of a Manila Regional Trial Court lady judge by her clerk of court, who later shot himself dead.
The IBP also spoke against the killings of lawyers and judges in the country, asking President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo — both lawyers by profession — to formulate “a more coordinated, effective and sustainable solution” towards the issue.
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