Friday, April 15, 2011


Members of San Pablo Bar Association headed by its president, Atty. Hizon A. Arago, left for Subic, Zambales on April 7, 2011 as official delegates to the 13th National Convention of lawyers under the auspice of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.

The 4-day gathering (April 7-10) with this year theme, “IBP, LIVING UP TO THE STANDARDS OF INTEGRITY AND COMPETENCE IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION” had as keynote speaker, Vice-President Jejomar Binay who underscored the significant roles lawyers play in building a just and humane society. He said that lawyers are agents of change with paramount influence to protect the poor and the powerless from those who break the law with impunity.

Highlights of the convention included the main address of Chief Justice Renato C. Corona to the delegates extolling the relentless efforts of IBP “to upgrade the professional standards of the legal profession and wield the law as an instrument for the protection of rights and liberties.”

The convention was a powerhouse of legal luminaries who collectively recognized the need for pro-active participation of lawyers in nation building. Senator Francis Escudero, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., Justice Santiago M. Kapunan, Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima, Cong. Ma. Milagros H. Magsaysay, Mayor James Gordon, Jr., former senator Aquilino Pimentel, Chief State Prosecutor Claro A. Arellano, SC Spokesman Midas P. Marquez, Cong. Neri Colmenares and UP Dean Raul Pangalangan were among those who addressed the delegates.

The convention incorporated lectures on various fields of law credited as full compliance with the prescribed requirements under the Rule on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education.

Delegation from San Pablo consisted of Atty. Hizon A. Arago as head, Attys. Deogracias Reyes, Edmundo Garcia, Alvin Exconde, Cosen Exconde, Karen Agapay, Restituto Mendoza, Butch Javier, Roderick Urrea, Von SupeƱa, Marcus Robles, Candido Javaluyas, Jr., and Prosecutor Leda Aninias.

An unprecedented volume of lawyers from all over the country numbering more than 3,000 signed in as delegates to discover and learn the latest Supreme Court issuances, laws, jurisprudence, trial techniques and other skills in legal advocacies.

Atty. Arago said that his attendance and participation in the convention significantly broadened his perspective and skill as a lawyer. (SEVEN LAKES PRESS CORPS)

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