Senatorial candidate Florin "Pilo" Hilbay faces the crowd that attended the Banwa senatorial forum on Monday at PSU. (Photo courtesy of Pilo Hilbay FB account)

Senatorial candidate Atty. Florin “Pilo” Hilbay said any Palaweño lawyer should aim about becoming a justice of the Supreme Court (SC) to offer new perspectives to the judicial system, particularly on environmental protection.

“We want the Supreme Court to be representative of the views of different types of lawyers. I can imagine that someone who was born and raised here in Palawan, who graduated from Palawan, would have a view – you know, that is very important – and would be able to contribute to the diversity of views in Manila. Because sometimes the views of lawyers from Manila is too focused on the concerns of urban life. But if you have someone from Palawan, I supposed the angle which he or she would look at, the various legal issues, would present a different side and different perspective,” Hilbay said on Monday during a visit to the City Hall.

Hilbay pointed out that an SC justice from Palawan will be able to show in-depth concern for the environment because he/she was born and raised in the beauty and richness of the province’s biodiversity.

He believes that Palaweño lawyers will be helpful in the SC on matters concerning environmental protection and preservation because it is engraved in their hearts.

“Sa tingin ko napakalakas dito ‘yong concern para sa environment dahil malapit na malapit kayo sa ating kapaligiran at dahil napakaganda ng kapaligiran nitong Palawan. I think that, itself, is a very unique perspective that can contribute to a very rich jurisprudence for the Supreme Court. Iba kasi ‘yong maraming bundok, maraming magagandang dagat, maraming very rich marine life na na-experience,” he said.

Hilbay also encouraged the province’s new lawyers to serve Palawan well as it holds many opportunities for them in private practice or public service.

“Congratulations to our new lawyers especially those from Palawan State University. I hope you take to heart the lawyer’s oath and find time to practice here in Palawan. I can imagine na napakaraming opportunities for professional work here in Palawan in the area of public service, in the area of protecting our environment, in the area of sustaining the environment and human rights. Given that there’s a very high level of economic potential dito sa Palawan, there are a lot of professional opportunities for graduates of Palawan State University. I hope you practice here in Palawan and take advantage of the beauty and the richness of Palawan and its economic opportunities as well,” said Hilbay.

Hilbay was in Puerto Princesa City recently to attend the Banwa: 2019 Senatorial Forum on Monday at the Palawan State University (PSU).

The forum was jointly organized by the Puerto Princesa City Sangguniang Kabataan Federation with the Palawan NGO Network, Inc., and PPC Apostolic Vicariate.

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