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Friday, February 28, 2014


I WAS a drug detailman in the 70s. I remember a caring doctor, she saw her patients in the Capati drugstore. She had chinita eyes. She was endearing to both young and old. Her patients formed a long line everyday. After seeing her, they felt relieved.

Even if she married late, she gave birth to three healthy children - two sons and a daughter. She attended to the birth of our children as my wife's obstetrician. Since her two sons are of the same age as our first born, our respective children were classmates in school. I was elected PTA president and the good doctora was my secretary so we had fun working together. Years past and his two sons became doctors themselves. My son studied medicine but shifted to law. Then I came to know that she was battling the big C. Almost two weeks ago, we lost our good friend, the kind hearted Dra. Nenita Magtoto Roa.

I remember a righteous lawyer. He served as clerk of court in the Court of First Instance (Guagua). He was a devoted public servant. He served the government well. He became a private practitioner. He had his office at the third floor of St. Anthony Drugstore. He dealt with his clients honestly. He told them the true state of their cases. He had no airs. He came on time in court prepared. He respected peers and his peers respect him. He was an officer of the Integrated Bar for some time. I remember he was a professor of law. At one time, he chanced upon a student who was cheating in the exams. Instead of putting the student to shame, he talked to him privately. The student became a successful lawyer. He was a devoted husband to Aling Baby. He loved her-in words and in deeds. Almost two months ago, we lost a good lawyer, Atty. Porfirio C. Pineda.

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I remember a mild mannered lawyer. He was good in cross examination. His forte is agrarian cases.

He practiced law for more than 50 years. He was within reach of the tenants. He fought for the have-nots. He could have been a judge. In the 80s, he was appointed as an RTC judge but he demurred. He was earning as a private practitioner and the salary of a judge would not be enough for his children in college. He was an exemplary husband. He was a good father. He and his wife, were awarded Parents of the Year. His children are doctors, engineers. He was a devoted Catholic---a Papal Awardee. Three weeks ago, we lost the most matured practicing lawyer of Pampanga-- Atty. Restituto David.

We lost a lady doctor and two gentlemen lawyers. What a loss!

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 01, 2014.

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