By Oscar Franklin Tan
This week, another batch of law students will have wasted an extra year of their lives to study for the month-long bar exam. This is in addition to four years of law school where every moment was defined by the bar. It is high time the Philippines got rid of its unique obsession with what was supposed to be a simple licensure exam that mutated into a rite of passage and national spectacle.
My uncle, 70 years of age, continues to practice law. He is good and still alert.
By Michael L. Tan
What a week it was in April, with commencement exercises and recognition rites. It was also a week where I got to listen to four speeches—from two of the country’s most eminent lawyers, a new law graduate, and a student who finished economics, summa cum laude, and who will enter law school in August.
I just saw the new Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) advertisement on the taxes paid by doctors in Cebu and Davao (A15, 3/12/14). It is really disheartening to learn that the ones who are paying the right taxes are the poor teachers. This is a national concern and should be rectified.
Former senator Rene Saguisag wrote about the lawyers who handled the defense of former chief justice Renato Corona during the latter’s impeachment trial (Opinion, 1/31/14).