outbrain
Close  

IBP ready to give free legal aid to teachers doing poll duties

By: - Correspondent / @dtmallarijrINQ
/ 02:51 PM May 13, 2013

LUCENA CITY — The 85 chapter offices of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) nationwide will remain open until midnight Monday to give free legal assistance to teacher-election inspectors who may be harassed or sued by losing candidates.

Lawyer Vicente Joyas, acting IBP national president, said they have a ready team of members in all their chapters including the national office in Manila which all poll officials in trouble can run to.

ADVERTISEMENT

“We will be open until midnight,” Joyas, who is from this city, told the Inquirer in an interview.

He said the Department of Education (DepEd) also has a list of contact numbers of IBP local officials in different provinces in case of emergency.

FEATURED STORIES

“Our battery of lawyers will be at the beck and call of all precinct poll officials in legal distress,” Joyas said.

The IBP entered into an agreement with the DepEd to provide free legal assistance to teachers in their poll duties.

Every election, about 100 teachers find themselves charged before the Commission on Election by losing candidates accusing the teachers of having
violated election rules.

Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Elections, Legal aid, News, Regions, Teachers, vote 2013
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.