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Pastilang impostor! IBP to go after fake abogados

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Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) President Domingo Egon Cayosa on Monday (Aug. 10) vowed to punish to the full extent of the law fake lawyers.

“IBP as well as its Chapters and Members shall remain vigilant and resolute against fake lawyers and will see to it that any fraudulent impostor is arrested and punished to the full extent of the law,” he declared in a statement.

Cayosa made the statement after learning that the Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested Joselito Name Alegre in Tondo, Manila for impersonating IBP Manila 3 Chapter Vice President Atty. Francisco James Brillantes.

“Aside from damaging the individual lawyer impersonated and the legal profession, fake lawyers prejudice the public interest as they compromise and subvert the legitimacy of legal processes and the documents that they deal with,” Cayosa pointed out.

With this, the IBP president urged the public “to promptly report to the IBP or to law enforcement agencies any fake lawyer or notary public.”

“Support, assistance, and incentives are available for those who help identify, arrest, and prosecute fake lawyers,” he assured.

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