Abalos calls on DILG's new lawyers to uphold fairness, inclusivity

By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

December 7, 2023, 11:42 am

<p>DILG Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. <em>(File photo)</em></p>

DILG Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. (File photo)

MANILA – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin "Benhur" Abalos Jr. called on the agency's 49 new lawyers to continue working together to build a country that embraces fairness, justice, and inclusivity.

In a statement Thursday, Abalos congratulated the new lawyers from the DILG Central and Regional Offices and its attached agencies whose dedication, hard work, and resilience have paid off.

“The government needs you to strengthen our legal offensive in the campaign against criminality, illegal drugs, and corruption. Patuloy ninyong paglingkuran ang ating kapwa Pilipino at ang bansa nang may pagpapakumbaba at integridad (Continue to serve our compatriots with humility and integrity),” Abalos said.

The DILG chief also saluted the examinees' families and loved ones for supporting them throughout their journey.

“I know it had been a tough road for all of you, as you had to juggle your studies with your duties in the DILG. Your triumph proves that our Department is truly a home to matitino, mahuhusay, at maaasahang (just, excellent and reliable) public servants,” Abalos said.

The Supreme Court said a total of 3,812 out of 10,387 examinees or 36.77 percent, passed the 2023 Bar examinations.

This is the third Bar exam conducted on multiple sites and administered digitally instead of the traditional pen and paper. (PNA)