Binay calls on IBP chapters to help prosecute illegal recruiters PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 14:23

Vice President Jejomar Binay has called on all chapters of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines to help prosecute illegal recruiters and human traffickers who victimize innocent people especially those who want to work abroad.

Binay called on all IBP members to extend free legal aid to victims of illegal recruitment.
The vice president was the guest speaker during the 13th Integrated Bar of the Philippines National Convention held at Subic Bay in Zambales on April 7-9, 2011.

IBP Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu and Tawi-Tawi Chapter outgoing president Florencio Liong Jr. who led a contingent of lawyers to the convention disclosed that there are 157 IBP chapters nationwide which also sent similar contingents to the occasion.

During the convention, IBPZambasulta Chapter won third place in a golf tournament. The IBP Zambasulta chapter golf team was composed of Judge Peter Eisma, Atty.Homer Mabale, Atty. Florencio Liong Jr., Atty. Frederick Ain Capin, Atty.Maricel Lahi. Second place in the Golf Ladies Division was Atty. Amada Socorro Plaza. In the Junior division participated by children of lawyers, Jorence Floy A. liong, won  first place in the National Shootfest. 1st Runner-up in the Standard Division was Atty. Florencio Liong Jr.. Second Runner-up in Standard Division was Atty. Frederick Ian Capin.

Meanwhile, Atty. Liong  said that IBP Zambasulta Chapter has already helped  people who can not afford to hire lawyers to defend their case: Two frustrated murder cases were dismissed last year; four people were released from imprisonment on drug cases. Their case was dismissed due to lack of evidence.

Liong also defended one labor dispute case. The complainant was reinstated back to work. During his incumbency, the chapter also filed a case against the board members of an electric cooperative in the region.

Liong is still waiting from other chapter members, who handled  “free legal aid” to consolidate all their reports. — Allen Abastillas