Bar second-placer wants to do pro bono work

By Fidea Encarnacion, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Mar 23 2014 04:22 PM | Updated as of Mar 24 2014 01:10 AM

MANILA – Dianna Louise Wilwayco, the Atenean who placed second in the 2013 Bar examinations, is looking forward to do pro bono work and find her niche in the legal profession.

In an interview on DZMM on Saturday, the Ateneo Law graduate said she doesn't have any plans of entering politics.

“Wala naman akong balak ngayon na maging pulitiko. Siguro may mga ibang paraan para tumulong sa communities ng hindi pumapasok sa pulitiko kasi ayoko rin. Medyo madumi, kahit sa barangay level. Parang nakaka-discourage talaga,” she said.

Wilwayco explained that she chose to become a lawyer to be able to give back to communities and assist in pending cases in court.

“Hindi ako pumasok sa legal profession para lang dun sa pera. Nung simula naman kasi, gusto ko talaga tumulong sa community namin sa Baclaran, Paranaque kasi ang daming mga depressed area din doon. So it's a way for me to give back din. 'Yung matututunan ko, especially 'yung mga kasong sobrang tagal nang naka-pending sa korte, gusto ko tumulong,” she explained.

Wilwayco current works at Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio.

“Karamihan ng trabaho ko ngayon mga tax. Interesado ako sa tax, pero balak ko ho sana masubukan ko muna lahat," she said/ "Ayoko namang i-foreclose yung opportunities na matutunan yung iba't ibang practices ng law.”

On preparing for the Bar

Wilwayco said she started preparing for the Bar since her freshman year in law school, taking the advice of her mother who is also a lawyer.

“Ang sabi niya sa akin, first year pa lang, kailangan mag-aral ka na talaga for the Bar para pagdating ng Bar review, review na lang talaga siya,” she said.

She also noted the support she got from her school. Aside from the review classes conducted by the school, the administrative staff and the Ateneo Law School Dean Sedfrey Candelaria cheered for the examinees during the testing days.

“Pati sa school naman namin, pinapaalalahan kami na kailangan mag-aral ng maigi. Tapos nandun naman sila, supportive naman sila. Evey Sunday of the Bar, lagi kaming hinahatid ng admin sa UST mismo. Lahat kami may pat sa likod ni Dean, 'o, good luck, galingan mo,'” she recalled.

Now that she has passed, she said she plans to share some tips for those who will take the Bar next year.

“Balak ko sana gumawa ng tips para doon sa mga magta-take ng bar next year. Kinokontact na ho ako ngayon ng law school namin para mag-prepare ng tips. Parang pano maghanda sa bar,” she said.

Wilwayco said that if she has to change one law, it would be Republic Act 9262, or the “Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004,” noting that the law has errors.

“Kasi ngayon 'yung batas marami pa siyang butas, like nagmisprint. 'Yung marital infidelity naging mental infidelity… Typo, so kailangan mong baguhin 'yung buong batas dahil sa typo. Parang pano mo naman mapapatunayan 'yung mental infidelity,” she noted.

She also noted that the Philippines currently has a lot of good enacted laws, but what is lacking is the proper implementation.

“Marami naman tayong magagandang batas, ang problema 'yung sa implementasyon. [Tulad sa] PDAF, magtataka ka, teka, trabaho ng executive ang mag-execute ng laws, bakit may discretion na ibinibigay sa legislative na mag-execute ng laws, hindi naman nila trabaho 'yon. [Pati ang] RH Law na napasa nga, hindi naman ma-implement kasi merong TRO,” she said.