TWO recent scandals arising from alleged cases of adultery involving lawyers in Cebu have raised the question: does the practice of law induce infidelity?
A 2013 article in the digital media outfit "The Huffington Post" asked, "Does the practice of law attract philandering personalities or is it the work environment that makes lawyers immune to marriage commitments?"
Yet in HuffPost's survey on "the type of man most likely to cheat on his wife," lawyers were at the bottom of the list topped by IT workers, engineers, entertainers, educators and doctors.
But this is Cebu, not the U.S. where setting and culture differ. And two "isolated" incidents here, more than a year apart, don't necessarily make local lawyers adulterers.
That, despite anecdotes told in local courtrooms as lawyers wait for the judge, about "compañeros" caught with pants down or dress off. One tale un-reported in media was about a lawyer whose wife hid at the back of the family SUV as he drove his mistress to a motel. As punishment, she let the lover keep her husband.
Love triangles are exposed only if they lead to public disturbance and become a police case. In the Feb. 26, 2015 incident in Cogon, Ramos, Cebu City, had the wife not rammed the car of the lawyer- mistress and hit her with a bat, the public wouldn't have known about it. In the incident last April 29, had the wife not called the police to her stakeout on a Mabolo, Cebu City pension house where her husband and her date holed in, there would've been no public uproar.
Integrated Bar governor Elaine Mae Bathan reminded lawyers about oath, morals and ethics, which in effect said, don't disrobe without pondering the consequence.
But, HuffPost advises, the cheated spouse shouldn't be "destructive or physical" -- if she or he wouldn't want domestic problem taken to the public realm.