Jun 26, 2020 @ 7:24
Don’t stand for abuse: Leonen urges 2019 Bar passers to ‘be better than us
Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen urged newly minted abogados to be on the side of marginalized and speak out against abuse during the first virtual oath taking of 2019 Bar exam passers.
In his speech Thursday (June 25), Leonen warned the abogados against remaining silent on corruption an abuse of power.
“Protect those who have less in life, do not stand for abuse, be accepting of different identities, speak up against corruption, do not succumb to having more than enough, do not trade kindness for the false badges of success, when you enter public office, discharge it for the public trust that it is,” he said.
Leonen said abogados should strive for excellence to help those who have less in life.
“Finally, if there is anything, remember this- be better than us. Walang magpapalaya sa atin kung hindi tayo mismo,” he said.
Leonen said abogados who will find themselves at the crossroads of doing the right thing should take heart in the words of the late activist Lean Alejandro: “The line of fire is always a place of honor.”