Tuesday, April 01, 2008
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Precautionary measures, Part Deux

Well, it seems I stirred up a hornet's nest when I reflected on the 2007 Bar. I'm pretty happy it did because at least, we get the discussions and debates on the issue started.

Upon advise of my own counsel, however, I've decided to put it in draft mode... for now and let the issues resolve itself. I suspect it will in a few days because the media is somewhat aware of it already. Also, I have responsibilities towards the profession as a whole which I feel weighs more than the expression of my own opinion on the issue in blog form.

But make no mistake, my opinion still stands. But I'll just keep it to myself for now.

Insofar as my competence is concerned, let my 13 years of practice and my academic achievements since elementary school in an above-average university speak for themselves. At the very least, my passing the bar was not a fluke and I can say that with a reasonable degree of certainty.

Some people think I just took the bar two years ago. Well, thank you if you feel I'm still young.

And yes, given how I studied and prepared for the bar as a law student then, I would pass any bar exams, no matter how hard it is. (And do you know that I was sidelined from bar review for a month or more when I took the 1995 bar because I had chickenpox and I had a sprained writing hand during my last Sunday? If that's not adversity, I don't know what is.) I even gave tips in this blog on how to pass the bar, remember? And during our time, there were no multiple choice or true or false questions.

And somehow, I don't think some new lawyer will eat me for breakfast even five years from now because I always go to court prepared. But if someone wants to try, I enjoy a good fight. You're pretty much welcome to try.

Also, I've implemented comment moderation on my blog, indefinitely.

This is my blog and I control what's in it.

And I try to put quality in its contents. I particularly take pains to write in correct English (save for some typos and grammatical errors, which is inevitable and only goes to show I am human) and not in Taglish or worse, text-speak. Try writing like that in any bar exam.

And I particularly hate those anonymous comments. Get your own blog! Don't know how? Attend iBlog4! Mix and mingle with flesh-and-blood bloggers, not just trolls. Let's see if it's easy to say what you say if you have to put your name on it already. It's so easy to say things behind one's back than say things in front of the behind the back.

Don't worry about me. I've been called worse by even bigger cowards who write better.

All I have to say about my so-called arrogance is look who's talking. My comments come from a feeling of injustice to those people who would/should/could have passed given these relaxed standards, not from someone who has put one over the system.

Just prove me wrong. And I most certainly hope I am. Sincerely.

Take it as a challenge and don't whine about what I said because if even I did not say it, someone else would. There will always be nastier people using nastier words and doing downright nastier deeds to others in the future. The journey into practice has just begun. And mine has not yet crossed the halfway point.

See you in court. Or in the negotiating table.

5 Objection(s):

At 12:38 PM, Blogger Paul said...

I missed it, darn.

At 5:38 PM, Blogger E. Cross Saltire said...

Atty. Punzi, please see my comment to your post.Thank you.


At 2:36 AM, Blogger Punzi said...


You have enough tech-savy to get a copy of what I posted.

@E. Cross Saltire

First, a hat tip to you for arguing on the issues and not on my personality (or the perception thereof at this point). I have to say that your post is the only one I have seen that is worth addressing.

You have the wisdom to know that attacking me personally (with potshots such as my being an unworthy Christian, the next Malu Fernandez or my being narcissistic, with an inner need for affirmation), with an "army" will not sweep the issues under the proverbial rug.

I would like to answer your post privately, meaning, by direct email (or PM) on condition that will not be reposted. But I could not find your email address. And even if I did, the "reasonable expectation of privacy" doctrine will not stop you from publishing what I will say in any case.

I'm assuming you're a lawyer or a law student so I think you more or less know the legal consequences, the fine line between having and freely expressing an opinion and getting into real trouble.

The only way I can think of doing this while keeping it totally private is through snail mail. But I will not dare ask you for a mailing address because I also respect your privacy.

Quite a pickle... but considering the times we live in and how people can be brutal and I'm a solo parent supporting my two minor kids, you would understand that inasmuch as I like to address your arguments, I may simply can't.

Perhaps we will meet in person one day and we can discuss this over some german beverages. We could exchange thoughts all night.

Best regards and good luck in your endeavors.

At 8:42 AM, Blogger blueingreen said...

FACT: "From 1982 to the present, the passing grade had consistently been 75 percent. Prior to 1982, the passing mark was invariably "reconsidered" to include grades below 75 percent; to as low as 69 percent in 1947, 69.45 percent in 1946, and 70 percent in 1948, 1963, 1972 and 1974."

SOURCE: http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/columns/view_article.php?article_id=60477

Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times. - Gustave Flaubert

At 2:25 PM, Blogger janettetoral.com said...

Atty. Punzi, thank you for referring your anonymous fans to iBlog4. I look forward in catching with you there and ask about this issue.


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