Be­yond the court­room

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! -

Last Fe­bru­ary 23, the IBP Pam­panga Chap­ter elected new set of of­fi­cers for the 2019 to 2020.

Since its found­ing, the chap­ter has seen not a few of its of­fi­cers served the govern­ment with dis­tinc­tion- if not con­ced­edly ac­claimed as le­gal lu­mi­nar­ies in their own right.

Any­way, through the years the Chap­ter un­der­takes com­mu­nity ser­vice giv­ing pri­or­ity, among oth­ers, to the much-needed health-re­lated con­cerns of our lo­cal-based Ae­tas. And in com­pli­ance with Supreme Court ad­min­is­tra­tive edict it con­ducted Jail vis­i­ta­tion and le­gal coun­sel­ing among in-house res­i­dents of Pam­panga’s de­ten­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

On the larger pro­fes­sional per­spec­tive in a rep­re­sen­ta­tive govern­ment, it is rel­e­vant to re­call ob­ser­va­tions made by for­eign vis­i­tors about life in Main­land China since the lift­ing of the Iron Cur­tain. It is in­deed dis­cernible in nearly all of these sto­ries a fas­ci­na­tion with the tidi­ness and or­der to be found ev­ery­where. “No lit­ter in the streets, no flies , noth­ing one-half inch out of place as the mil­lions of hu­man ants went about their pro­grammed lives.

The for­eign vis­i­tors’ seem­ing amaze­ment with or­der for the sake of or­der­li­ness de­notes a lin­ger­ing ex­as­per­a­tion with the short­com­ings of a free so­ci­ety. Never mind that none of these hu­man ant dared rise up and ex­press an in­de­pen­dent thought or stray an inch from the path that had been char­tered for him. There is good rea­son to ad­mire this kind of seem­ing struc­tured life if only to sus­tain so­cial tran­quil­lity and or­der. In­deed, if this form of so­cial dis­ci­pline can be em­u­lated by Filipinos, we can eas­ily re­claim Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s boast that the Philip­pines is the Pearl of the Ori­ent Seas.

On the other hand, we are now of­ten hear­ing sim­i­lar tales from despotic regimes mar­veling at the et— or­ga­ni­za­tion, hard­work and con­form­ity ev­ery­where in ev­i­dence, with never a whim­per on the ter­ri­ble cost in terms of the hu­man lib­erty and free­dom of ex­pres­sion that the cit­i­zens of these to­tal­i­tar­ian rule have been re­quired to pay. The only con­so­la­tion when hear­ing these tales is to be re­as­sured that the sto­ry­tellers are not rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the great ma­jor­ity of free­domlov­ing peo­ple who are stead­fast in their faith in hu­man lib­erty on their un­der­stand­ing of the un­struc­tured life es­sen­tial to it.

The ba­sic pur­pose of govern­ment in a free so­ci­ety is to pro­tect the lives, lib­erty and prop­erty of its cit­i­zens. This means that govern­ment is duty-bound to bring crime un­der ef­fec­tive con­trol and to pur­sue po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic poli­cies that will pre­vent a con­cen­tra­tion of pub­lic or pri­vate power that will al­low the cit­i­zenry to main­tain their eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence and so­cial dig­nity.

The Philip­pine Con­sti­tu­tion with its prin­ci­ple of checks and bal­ances is pre­cisely de­signed to de­ter the con­cen­tra­tion of power within any branch of the na­tional govern­ment. On the other hand, the bill of rights is en­shrined in the high­est law of the land as the best guar­an­tee that no one shall be de­prived of life, lib­erty or prop­erty with­out due process of law. The le­gal pro­fes­sion has a paramount to play in this r egar d.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the newly-in­stalled set of of­fi­cers of IBP Pam­panga Chap­ter.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.