President Beda Fajardo Speech
Before the PBA Members and
President Benigno S. Aquino III
Your Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Distinguished Guests, Colleagues in the Philippine Bar Association, Ladies and Gentlemen.
Tonight’s program is for the purpose of commemorating the 123rd anniversary of the founding of the Philippine Bar Association. The association has existed since 1891 when the Colegio de Abogados de Filipinas consisting of all lawyers residing in Manila and mentioned in the Royal Decree of January 5, 1891 was incorporated after its organizational meeting at the Audiencia Building under the Presidency of Magistrado Eduardo de Ordima of the Audencia de Manila. Its long history makes the association the oldest organization of lawyers in the country and like wine which tastes exquisitely as it ages, its long existence and continuous and consistent contribution to the preservation and perpetuation of the Rule of Law, as a universal principle and as enshrined in the Constitution, makes it as well, modesty aside, the most prestigious.
Position Paper: BUREAU OF INTERNAL REVENUE (“BIR”) PROPOSAL REQUIRING THE POSTING OF THE SCHEDULE OF LEGAL FEES IN LAW OFFICES: ADDRESSING THE ISSUES OF REGULATORY JURISDICTION AND LEGAL ETHICS
(submitted by Atty. Beda G. Fajardo
President of the Philippine Bar Association
December 20, 2013)
BUREAU OF INTERNAL REVENUE ("BIR") PROPOSAL REQUIRING THE POSTING OF THE SCHEDULE OF LEGAL FEES IN LAW OFFICES: ADDRESSING THE ISSUES OF REGULATORY JURISDICTION AND LEGAL ETHICS
I. THE BIR'S PROPOSED MEASURE OF REQUIRING LAWYERS TO POST THEIR SCHEDULE OF FEES IN THEIR OFFICES IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AS IT UNDULY INTRUDES INTO THE SUPREME COURT'S CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY TO SUPERVISE AND REGULATE THE LEGAL PROFESSION AND INTERFERES WITH THE MANDATED AUTONOMY AND SELF-REGULATION OF THE INTEGRATED BAR OF THE PHILIPPINES.