Lawyer from Quezon leads IBP

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LUCENA CITY: For the first time since its creation in the early 1970s, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines will have a native of Quezon at its helm.

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Lawyer Vicente Joyas, an Ateneo Law School graduate of Batch ’63, will take his oath as the IBP national president before the Supreme Court en banc on June 30.

Joyas, a native son Tiaong town in Quezon, will steer the illustrious legal body from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015.

Prior to his being elected as the IBP national president, Joyas served as district governor for Luzon for two years and was elected as executive vice president on May 22.

He was nominated against a colleague from Western Visayas for the national president post but won in 5-4 votes, where only nine district governors voted for the nominees.

The nine voting district governors represent IBP’s regional districts including north and south Luzon, Bicolandia, Central Luzon, Greater Manila Area, eastern and western Visayas, eastern and western Mindanao. He would succeed lawyer Roan Libarios.

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