New lawyers told to preserve their integrity, work for the gov’t

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Bar takers and loved ones react as the Bar Exam results are released by the Supreme Court in Manila on May 03, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Malacañang on Friday urged new lawyers of the Philippines to work for the government following the release of the 2018 Bar Exams results.

“We hope that many of our country’s new lawyers consider pursuing a career in the government and help build a progressive and peaceful nation that will provide a comfortable life for all," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

He added that the "idealism, academic competence and personal integrity" of the new bar passers are welcome under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte and should also be welcomed by succeeding administrations.

The Supreme Court said 22.07 percent or 1,800 of 8,158 candidates passed the 2018 Bar Exams, lower than last year’s 25.5 percent.

Sean James Borja of the Ateneo de Manila University topped the exams along with graduates from the University of San Carlos, University of the Philippines, and De La Salle University.

Panelo, also the chief legal counsel of the President, reminded the new bar passers to preserve their integrity as legal practitioners.

“As they prepare to take their oaths and sign in the roll of attorneys, we urge them to inculcate in their minds that integrity is the highest in the hierarchy of virtues in the legal profession,” he said.

“Learning the law is a never ending process. Its practice is faced with endless challenges and a constant wrestling with conscience as we ought to remove our partisanship, personal feelings and biases as well as prejudices when a question of law or a case subject of litigation is thrown to our lap for the application of the letter and spirit of the law,” he added.

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