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.
Hon. Franklin Drilon, President of the Senate, members of the Diplomatic Corps, distinguished guests, colleagues in the Philippine Bar Association, Ladies and Gentlemen.
In my inaugural address I mentioned that during my term the thrusts would be (1) the preservation and enhancement of the Rule of Law; (2) the preservation and enhancement of the independence of the judiciary composed of judges of competence and probity; and (3) the promotion of a competent and ethical bar.