Justice Bernabe to new lawyers: Stay away from greed brought by power and money

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Supreme Court Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe on Thursday addressed 1,800 new lawyers during their oath-taking held at the Philippine International Convention Center.

Bernabe, chairperson of this year’s Bar exams, told them to keep their integrity intact as they start on the path of the legal profession.

“Hard work is the foundation of your dreams. Keep in mind that no matter how talented or naturally gifted you are, there is no substitute for hard work,” Bernabe said.

“In whatever you decide to do, never compromise your integrity… Always remember that in whatever opportunity you choose, your integrity is non-negotiable.”

“As new members of this noble profession, you bear the cause of advancing justice and the rule of law in our society. Such is a task that is not bound by any personal qualification as it transcends every circumstance.”

She also urged new lawyers to stay away from greed brought by power and money as their legacy would be carve through “the number of lives you have touched in fighting for the cause of the oppressed in a world filled with injustice.”

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