VP Binay to lawyers: Strengthen the standards and tradition of law in the country

November 26, 2011 12:59 am 

MANILA, Nov. 25 — Lawyers, as servants of the law and justice, have to make sure that any precedents created today will strengthen, not weaken, the standards and traditions of law and justice in the country for all the years to come.

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, in his message at the 2011 San Beda Law Alumni Homecoming, noted that some of the most important developments in the country’s recent politics concern all of Filipinos.

”We cannot be indifferent to these events. Our countrymen everywhere are drawn to them because they affect their personal lives, how they are to be governed at any point in their history, and how they would subject the powerful to accounting while they are in power, and after they are out,” he said.

“The common man has to feel he is part of this process in order for him to hold the firm conviction that government and the entire justice system exist to look after his rights and his interests,” he added.

Binay told the Bedan lawyers that they, including himself, have an inescapable and irrevocable stake in these developments because by the mere fact of being lawyers, servants of the law and justice, must make a serious effort to break away from the impression of some legal critics that the country has become a lawless society.

“And that such lawlessness often comes not only from the distinctly lawless elements, but even from those who are supposed to implement the law,” he said.

He further stressed that the law is harsh, but it is the law. “We must now enforce the law, no matter how harsh it is, especially when the common good cries for it, just as a physician must prescribe strong medicine if ever and whenever the patient needs it.”

He quoted noted Bedan lawyer, Atty. Rene Saguisag: “We are trained to take positions, firmly, as a matter of conviction, ready to face the consequences believing that in all things God be glorified.”

”Bedan lawyers can do no less, having been immersed in the Benedictine values of faith in god and love of the truth,” Binay said.

He said it is not the easiest thing to do, even for the most popular government that is why there is a need for the servants of justice and the law to do everything to help the state administer the law justly, even in the most difficult circumstances.

”For as every lawyer knows, it is not enough for the state to be just; it must be seen to be just. And where the nation is divided on the justness of certain official acts, the opposing sides should be able to turn to us, lawyers, to assure them and help them see where justice truly lies,” the Vice President said. (PNA) scs/FPV

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