JUDGES OF THE REGIONAL TRIAL COURTS, METROPOLITAN TRIAL COURTS,
TRIAL COURTS IN CITIES, MUNICIPAL TRIAL COURTS AND MUNICIPAL CIRCUIT
PROHIBITION OF GOVERNORS AND MAYORS FROM THE PRACTCICE OF LAW.
and guidance of all concerned, quoted hereunder is the Reply dated June
1, 1988, of Secretary Luis T. Santos of the Department of Local
to a query posed by the Office of the Court Administrator on whether
and mayors, who are lawyers, may be allowed to practice law during
term of office, to wit:
x x please be informed that it is the established policy of the
Department to strictly enforce Memorandum Circular No. 17 dated
4, 1986 of the Office of the President, more particularly as it
local elective officials who, by the nature of their positions as
by law, to render full-time service to their constituencies during
term of office. Provincial governors, city and municipal mayors whose
and responsibilities require that their entire time be at the disposal
of the government, are classified under the said category and are,
covered by the absolute prohibition imposed by the afore-cited issuance
of the Office of the President.
Department does not allow governors, city and municipal mayors who are
lawyers to practice law during their term of office.
LUIS T. SANTOS
you are hereto enjoined to strictly observe the aforementioned