[(L-R. Brod Attorneys Marlon, Andres Jr., Dindo, Judge Felizardo, GC Ian, and Arnel (kneeling)]
Tau Kappa Phi brethren attended the 15th National Convention of Lawyers on March 20-22, 2015 at the Pacific Grand Ballroom, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino , Lahug, Cebu City.
[(L-R) GC Attorney Ian, Brods Dindo, Arnel, Jhun, and Neil]
The event was conducted by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), the mandatory organization of lawyers which was created by Republic Act No. 6397, with the theme, “IBP, A Renewal and Revival of National Relevance.”
Prior to the convention proper, a sportsfest was held on March 18 and 19, 2015 which was highlighted by a basketball and billiards tournament. A handful of brethren participated in the basketball game.
Ahead of a line of speakers on the first day, Supreme Chief Justice Maria Lordes Sereno talked about Judicial Reforms. Around lunch time, Vice-President Jejomar Binay discussed “The Philippine Bar After 2016.”
Current controversial issues were also touched like the “Mamasapano Mission” by former Senator Panfilo Lacson, “The Rule of Law in the West Philippine Sea” by Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and “Protecting and Preserving the Integrity of the Budgetary Process under the Constitution” by Leyte Congressman Martin Romualdez.
(Former FEU Portia MES Atty. Rigie Queen Inguito with Vice-President Jejomar Binay.)
Further, the delegates were reminded of the principles regarding bar and judicial discipline and informed of the reforms in the law curriculum and lower courts.
The event was concluded by the speeches on the “Challenges of Appellate Practice” of Court of Appeals Associate Justice Magdangal De Leon and “Reforming and Strengthening the Prosecution Pillar” of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, and the IBP Reports of Governors.