New Muslim lawyers urged to confront ‘injustice’ against fellow Muslims
MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/07 April) – Muslim passers of the 2006 bar examinations
have been challenged to serve their fellow Muslims especially those who are
‘unjustly’ imprisoned as suspected terrorists.
A group said the new Moro lawyers should address the issue of ‘injustice’
against their own people rather than work as election counsels.
“We hope your profession will help uplift the condition of the Moro ummah
particularly those innocently and unjustly incarcerated behind bars in
different jails nationwide on the pretext of preventing terrorism. Let us
help ease the pain of our brothers and sisters who are languishing in jails,”
Baibonn Sangid, chairperson of the Manila-based Young Moro Professionals
Network (YMPN), said.
In 2005, the Commission on Human Rights and the Women Lawyer’s Circle (WILOCI)
documented the cases of Muslim women and children detained in Metro Manila
jails. The study showed a high incidence of human rights violations.
YMPN estimates there are about 600 women detained in Metro Manila, many
without legal aid and mostly charged with violations of Republic Act 9165 or
The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
A 2003 UN report says some women have become drug users or pushers owing to
poverty and unemployment.
Lawyer Raissa Jajurie of Saligan (Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal)
invited the new lawyers to join alternative lawyering through the Bangsamoro
Lawyer’s Network which seeks to serve the marginalized sectors of society.
Moro areas are among the poorest regions in the country and are in need of
professionals like lawyers. Senior Research Associate Dr. Astrid Tuminez of
the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) said the Moros need lawyers,
educators, and entrepreneurs.
At least 30 Muslims passed the 2006 bar examinations with one making history
by landing on the top ten . Al-shwaid L. Ismael, a graduate of the University
of Cebu, placed eighth with a rating of 85.65 percent.
No list of Muslim topnotchers is readily available, but only a few have
attained the distinction, among them Prof. Gafar Lutian of Jolo who placed 7th
in the 1991 Bar examinations.
One of the successful bar candidates, Mrs. Arifa Alauya-Ala is the 5th lawyer
among the Alauya brood of Lanao del Sur. Her father, former Jurisconsult
Saadudin Alauya, was founding member of the Commission that drafted the Code
of Muslim Personal Laws (CMPL) of 1971.
YMPN gave the following names of Muslim bar passers:
1. ABBAS, Osop MP.
2. ADIL, JR., Abdul Hafiz T.
3. ALAUYA-ALA, Arifa M.
4. ALI, Abdul Gaffar R.
5. ASDAON, Timhar
6. BATUA , Asnaira M.
7. BIRUAR, Bai Ashrafia Aymee A
8. DIRAMPATEN, Cashmer G
9. DISOCOR, Hariz Jabbar P.
10. GANDAMRA, Majul Usman
11. GURO, Agakhan M.
12. HASSAN, Zulaikha B.
13. HASSIMAN, Alnaiza T.
14. ISMAEL, Al-shwaid L.
15. JUMAANI, Ryan
16. LAO, Loren Hallilah I.
17. LUCMAN, JR., Palawan S.
18. MACARAMBON, II, Dagoroan A.
19. MAGOMNANG, Mitchie
20. MANARONDONG, Kadapi D.
21. MANGONDATO, Ishac L.
22. MANGUTARA, JR., Mimbalawag T.
23. MITMUG, JR., Rasol Y.
24. MOHAMMAD, Satrina V.
25. NAKAN, ROWANIE
26. PACABUNTAL, Aslia T.
27. PALA, Izra R.
28. PANDA, Esmael A.
29. ROMANDA, Hanan A.
30. SAYDIL, al-Khaizar
31. TUCAL, Salic R.