MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT (MOA) ON THE REFERRAL AND ACCEPTANCE OF APPOINTMENT OF LAWYERS OF THE PHILIPPINE BAR ASSOCIATION (PBA) AS COUNSEL DE OFICIO was signed last May 04, 2015
TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES:
Pres. Rico De Guzman and the PBA Legal Aid Committee Chaired by Atty. Llewellyn L. Llanillo and Co-Chaired by Atty. Elmar B. Galacio would like to inform you that the MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT (MOA) ON THE REFERRAL AND ACCEPTANCE OF APPOINTMENT OF LAWYERS OF THE PHILIPPINE BAR ASSOCIATION (PBA) AS COUNSEL DE OFICIO was signed last May 04, 2015 at the Executive Lounge, Makati City Hall. Enclosed please find the scanned copy of the afore-mentioned signed MOA.
As stated in the MOA, the Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Legal Aid Committee, as representatives of PBA, will receive the court's requests for pro bono representation. The Committee will then assign the same to law offices and lawyers that have signified to volunteer. The law office or volunteer lawyer will have to manifest immediately its/his/her acceptance before the court, furnishing the PBA Legal Aid Committee a copy thereof. Non-acceptance by the law office or lawyer concerned has to be immediately conveyed to the Legal Aid Committee so that the same can be assigned to other volunteer lawyers for possible representation.
In this regard, the PBA Legal Aid Committee respectfully requests you to submit the names of the lawyers (with their mobile nos.) from your law firm who can represent the indigent litigants as counsel de oficio in cases pending before the Metropolitan and Regional Trial Courts of Makati City.
Thank you very much.
Bridging Business and the Law
Emerico O. De Guzman
In his inaugural speech as President of the Philippine Bar Association (PBA) last year, outgoing President Beda Fajardo renewed the Association’s commitment to the preservation, promotion and the perpetuation of the Rule of Law. Over the past years, the PBA has been very vocal in our pursuit of this commitment. We have made our voice heard on the most pressing legal issues of our time. We have made our position known on domestic issues of constitutionality such as the Cybercrime Law, the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, and the Disbursement Acceleration Program. And recently, we have also brought our attention to issues beyond our shores by facilitating the discourse on the Rule of Law in the West Philippine Sea. As the Philippines slowly rises into global prominence as a key player in the region, so too must our attention shift as the scope of our vigilance in ensuring the Rule of Law expands to the whole ASEAN region.
Speech of Senate President Franklin M. Drilon
Philippine Bar Association
Law Day Celebrations and Induction Ceremonies
Intercontinental Manila, Makati City
September 30, 2014
THE RULE OF LAW AND THE ROLE OF LAWYERS
Thank you very much. To my friend Nonong Cruz, you will be a good introducer during political campaigns if I were to run as president. Unfortunately I will not. So you will miss that opportunity.
Let me formally greet our new president, Emerico O. De Guzman, our immediate past President, Beda Fajardo, past presidents officers and members and the newly inducted members and trustees of the Philippine Bar Association, friends, ladies and gentlemen, a good evening.
At the outset let me formally congratulate Emerico O. De Guzman, for his assumption of the Presidency of the oldest and most prestigious private bar organization in the country.