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Sabio’s law students express support

August 01, 2008 14:02:00
Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines -- Past and present law students from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law have expressed their support for beleaguered Court of Appeals (CA) Justice Jose Sabio Jr., who is at center of bribery allegations.

In a joint statement Friday, the Ateneo Law School student body, headed by student council president Jess Lopez, said they believed in the “fairness and impartiality” of Sabio “and the genuine manner in which he implores us to stand against all forms of corruption in all aspects of law and governance.”

Sabio, a professorial lecturer in Remedial Law Review and Criminal Procedure at the Ateneo Law School, has accused the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) of allegedly bribing him with P10 million to inhibit himself from the case the company had filed against an attempted takeover by Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

But Meralco “emissary” Francis Roa de Borja said that Sabio had asked for P50 million, which the appellate court justice has since denied.

Students from the Ateneo Law School said they believed that Sabio was “ethical” and “responsible.”

“We, his current students, stand as witnesses to his fairness and impartiality, which are beyond reproach, and the genuine manner in which he implores us to stand against all forms of corruption in all aspects of law and governance. The respect we have for Sabio is derived not only from his remarkable skill in teaching, but likewise from his indubitable sense of justice, moral conduct, and service to society,” Lopez said.

Students also said Sabio’s reputation of being a “professor of utmost integrity who will not and cannot be fazed by unjust and wrongful considerations” has made them express their support for the Court of Appeals justice.

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