Davao City hosts IBP’s 40th year and nat’l convention

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January 15 2013
LAWYERS' CONVENTION. Atty. Carlos Isagani Zarate (left), former president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Davao City chapter said more than 3,500 lawyers from different parts of the country will be here in Davao for the celebration of the IBP’s 40th anniversary and the convention of lawyers at the SMX convention center in SM Lanang from 16 to 18 January. (Davao Today Photo by Alex D. Lopez)

LAWYERS’ CONVENTION. Atty. Carlos Isagani Zarate (left), former president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Davao City chapter said more than 3,500 lawyers from different parts of the country will be here in Davao for the celebration of the IBP’s 40th anniversary and the convention of lawyers at the SMX convention center in SM Lanang from 16 to 18 January. (Davao Today Photo by Alex D. Lopez)

By ALEX D. LOPEZ
Davao Today

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – More than 3,500 lawyers from different parts of the country will arrive in this premier city for the 14th national convention and 40th anniversary of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on 17 to 19 of January at the SMX convention center in SM Lanang.

Carlos Isagani Zarate, former president of IBP Davao Chapter, in a press briefing said IBP was born 40 years ago in the country’s critical period during Martial Law declared by the late president Ferdinand Marcos.

The group played a crucial role in defending human rights amidst the dictatorship under the leadership of its first president, former Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose Benedicto Luna (JBL) Reyes.

Zarate added that Davao and the province of Davao del Sur share important places in the history of IBP, where three of its lawyers were arrested during Martial Law, namely former IBP Davao president Laurente ‘Larry’ Ilagan, Regional Prosecutor Antonio Arellano and Atty. Marcos Risonar.

He also said other lawyers offered their lives in their duties to defend human rights.

The national convention will have the mandatory continuing education which will focus on topics related to the justice system, election laws and the improvement of services to the people.

Another important discussion will be the framework agreement on Bangsamoro with newly-appointed Supreme Court Justice and government peace negotiator Marvic Leonen.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno is reported to grace the grand ball on January 17.

Other distinguished guests are Senator Edgardo Angara, former IBP national president who will be the guest of honor and speaker on the opening ceremony and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano who will join the lawyers during the luncheon treat on the same date.  (Alex D. Lopez, davaotoday.com)

  • http://none dennis cruz

    I hope that this gathering will not be use as campaign tool of the Aquino administration. I hope the DAANG MATUWID slogan could not be a DAANG NATUWAD,
    a lot agricultural project of this administration is being funded now the 2011, 2012 funds was just released in time of election campaign. What an EMBARRASSING move, it is so clear for me now that GRAFT AND CORRUPTION STILL EXIST ESPECIALLY IN THIS ADMINSTRATION – VERY RAMPANT SPENDING PEOPLES MONEY WITHOUT CAUSE.

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