MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS) on Wednesday released a statement condemning the bombing during Sunday's bar exams' traditional "salubong."
The organization said that "with utter and complete vehemence," they join the legal community in condemning the assault.
"While revelry, especially during the last Sunday of the Bar Examinations, has been a part of the tradition for bar examinees and law students alike, such joyous occasion should not have been attended by unnecessary and deplorable violence," it said.
"The PALS, which has for its mission unity among law schools throughout the Philippines in a common effort to raise at a high level the standard of legal education in the country, maintains that senseless aggression can never be a means in achieving the high ideals and purpose of law.
"The PALS deeply sympathizes with the hapless victims of this unfortunate event and likewise echoes the call of Chief Justice Renato Corona to the different investigating bodies to identify the perpetrators of this act of violence who are allegedly from warring fraternities and to bring them to justice," it added.
PALS is led by by Dean Perry Pe of the Palawan State University Law School (chairman), Dean Raul Villanueva of the Xavier University Law School (president), and Dean Cesar Villanueva of the Ateneo de Manila Law School (secretary general).