THE highly-influential Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) has paid a “glowing tribute” to five of its members who died in the midst of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Acknowledged as the nation’s biggest and oldest organization of legal luminaries, Philconsa, founded on September 26, 1961, is committed to “defend, preserve and protect” the Philippine Constitution.
Like the founding fathers six decades ago, today’s Philconsa officers and members are dedicated men and women who deserve to be supported by the suffering Filipino people. Thus, we doff our hat to the Philconsa leadership for honoring the late Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim, Army Gen. Danilo Lim, Reps. Romulo Lumauig and Mariano Tajon and journalist Domini Torrevillas.
In a speech, Philconsa president, House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin G. Romualdez, a lawyer and banker by profession, said “we bid them farewell,” but their names will be forever etched in our people’s memories.
“It is a great honor to speak before you today. We pay a tribute of love and respect to five of our colleagues who had left us to join our Creator,” said Romualdez, chair of the powerful House rules committee.
Romualdez is president of the association, while retired Court of Appeals Justice Manuel “Lolong” Lazaro and ex-Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato C. Puno are chairman and president emeritus, respectively.
Justice Lazaro delivered the Constitution Day message, while lawyer Rita Linda Jimeno, Philconsa vice president for constitutional reforms, moderated the open forum.
Today, many Filipinos, including the ordinary citizens across this impoverished nation of more than 100 million people, consider Philconsa officers and men as among our treasures.
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