Integrated Bar of the Philippines Makati Chapter

IBP House of Delegates Convention

Last January 28 to 30, 2018, the Chapter, through its delegates, Chapter President Anthony W. Dee, Auditor Alfred Ramon Jose Ma. X.B. Nolasco, and Ramon I. Rocha IV, attended the 23rd House of Delegates Convention of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines at the Asturias Hotel, Puerto Princesa, Palawan with the theme “Charting a Course Forward: Utilizing and Preserving the Gains from the Victory in the West Philippine Sea”. The convention, which was attended by officers and representatives from IBP Chapters all over the Philippines, was also graced by the IBP’s National Officers, headed by President Abdiel Dan Elijah S. Fajardo, and Executive Vice President Domingo Egon Q. Cayosa, including all the governors of the IBP’s various regions. Representatives of the Judicial and Bar Council were also present during the event. In line with the theme, the convention’s special guest speaker, Secretary of National Defense Maj. Gen. Delfin Negrillo Lorenzana, spoke about the importance of strengthening the government’s partnership with institutions such as the IBP in advancing the Philippines’ interests in the West Philippine Sea. The convention’s keynote speaker, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio, then spoke about the Philippines’ sovereignty rights in the West Philippine Sea after the UNCLOS arbitral award. The convention also featured panel discussions where various experts in the fields of environmental law and fisheries law shared their views on how to enforce the arbitral award. In addition to the informative discussions concerning the West Philippine Sea, the IBP, through its Board of Governors, signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Committee on Justice of the House of Representatives, who was represented at the convention by Hon. Reynaldo V. Umali, as regards the drafting of a codified penal code of the Philippines. The convention also offered opportunities for the various IBP chapters to build and strengthen their ties with one another.