Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales: The Law is not an Instrument of Oppression

In her brutally honest speech as the Guest of Honor at the UP College of Law Graduation Ceremony, the Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales expounded to the Class of 2016 to answer the need of the country for honorable leaders, and for the graduates to refrain from abusing their knowledge of the law in positions of power.

Reflecting her extensive experience as a former Supreme Court justice and gleaning insights from her present office, Ombudsman Morales said, “The country does not need the best leaders, for, more often than not, they become the best after engaging themselves in shady compromises and illicit activities. It is enough that leaders remain good in the purest sense of the word... My supplication to you, members of the UP Law 2016, is to give someone hope when all hope is lost; not to turn law into an instrument of oppression; and to be true to one’s ideals,”

The distinguished alumna was awarded a Doctor of Law "Honoris Causa" degree by the College during the Ceremony, held last June 27, 2016 at the University Theater.