Prove that the legal profession is a 'noble' one, Palace tells new lawyers

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 29 2020 02:43 PM

MANILA- Malacañang challenged the country's newest batch of lawyers on Wednesday to show that the legal profession is a "noble one" following the release of results of the 2019 Bar exams.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, also a lawyer, urged the 2019 Bar passers to use the law to protect people's rights.

"As our successful examinees enter the legal profession, please keep in mind that they studied law because of their ideal that the legal profession is a 'noble profession'," he said.

"Lawyers pledge to uphold the law at all times and use it to protect people’s rights. I, therefore, strongly urge all to bring life to this ideal," he added.

Roque also urged the new lawyers to consider a career in government.

"This would be a great opportunity to give back to the community for earning the privilege to practice law in the country," he said.

He, meanwhile, advised those who did not pass the exams not to be disheartened.

"To those who are not fortunate in their attempt, my advice as a professor of law, is not let the results dishearten them. Continue to believe in their passion," he said.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said 27.36 percent or 2,103 out of 7,685 examinees passed the 2019 Bar exams. The passing grade was pegged at 74 percent.

The 2019 Bar exams were held at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) during all four Sundays of November.