THE new president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) chapter in Pangasinan called on all lawyers in the province to work together and put up a solid front “against the real enemies of justice”.
Atty. Farah Marie Decano, former councilor of Dagupan City, made the appeal in her speech as the 20th president of the IBP Pangasinan chapter which was created in 1973.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato C. Corona officiated the induction of Decano and other IBP officers on Sunday in Dagupan City.
“Let us just channel our passion against corruption in the legal and judicial systems,” she said.
Noting that the IBP chapter was rocked by factionalism in the past, Decano asked her fellow lawyers to refrain from “internal bickering”.
“It is my aim to eradicate warring factions and territorial divisiveness that have caught our chapter to be so fragmented,” she added.
At the same time, Decano vowed to make the IBP chapter more accessible to its members.
“IBP activities should be distributed in various parts of Pangasinan so that no eastern, central or western Pangasinan lawyers will feel excluded,” she said.
Decano also urged her colleagues to think beyond the borders of Pangasinan saying, “Let us do away with parochialism. Instead, let us expand our possibilities. Let us go national. Let us go global.”
One way to achieve this, she said, is by forging sister relations with other chapters in the Philippines and abroad.
Decano, who succeeded Atty. Rafael Martinez, is the second woman president of the IBP chapter after the late former Pangasinan Vice Governor Nancy Sison.