Estelito P. Mendoza: The Superstar of Lawyers-A A +A
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
I AM not a great fan of Titong Mendoza. I admire him nevertheless. He is a lawyer's lawyer. For all the faults attributed to him, Atty. Mendoza has a soft heart for the Pampangueños.
He was born in Bacolor, Pampanga. Despite his hectic schedule, he served the Province as Governor for the period 1980 to 1986. He left the provincial coffers in the blue. It is no surprise that he pays his taxes to the last centavo. In fact, he paid more taxes than the richest Pinoy, Henry Sy for the year 2013.
Apung Titong at age 83 has a commanding, benign presence. He gained the reputation of defending high profile clients.
Who was the talented lawyer of President Marcos?
Who was the lawyer of Erap in the impeachment trial?
Who was the lawyer of Imelda in her appeal before the Supreme Court?
Who is the lawyer of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo?
Who is the lawyer of Danding Cojuangco?
Who is the lawyer of Lucio Tan?
Who is the lawyer who was able to overturn the decision on the status of some 16 cities?
Who is the lawyer who defended himself before the Supreme Court on his multiple positions as Secretary of Justice, Solicitor General, Member of the Parliament and Governor?
The answer is obvious. Apung Titong. No one else can do what he accomplished.
It is no secret that he taught at the UP College of Law where two (2) of his students rose to become Chief Justices of the Supreme Court -- Hilario Davide and Reynato Puno.
Does he pull strings to win a case?
“In the practice of law, the most public is the practice of litigation lawyers. TRIALS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and all are DOCUMENTED. If a lawyer is a sham, he is easily exposed,” he defends himself.
“The records of the cases I have won will bear out that the cases were won because of the compelling evidence and the force of arguments,” Apung Titong continues.
No other lawyer including Recto, Francisco, Salonga or Tañada had more cases won in the Supreme Court than this Pampangueño. If Pacquiao is the boxer of the century, Apung Titong is the lawyer of the century.
“I'm a lawyer. I don't choose what cases I have. Those on the wrong side are most deserving of having lawyers,” Apung Titong concludes.
It's high time that the Province honors Atty. Estelito P. Mendoza while he is alive. A single flower is better than a truckload, if the gesture can still be appreciated by the beneficiary.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on November 06, 2013.