Legal Edge: Seeing Law in a New Light


A year ago, there was this show over at ANC, the ABS-CBN News channel which discussed several important legal issues which usually affect the lives of ordinary people.

Legal Edge ran for a season hosted by Dean JV Bautista and highly respected litigator Atty. IQ Tuason yet even if that was just a short run, it instantaneously caught the attention of millions of televiewers who watched the show every Saturday, 3-3:30 pm, with replays on Sundays.

Dean JV Bautista who heads the Wesleyan School of Law based in Cabanatuan Nueva Ecija is an expert in constitutional, human rights and criminal law, while Atty. Tuason is highly known and respected in legal circles as an advocate of civil rights. Tuason used to head the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) in Pampanga.

Legal Edge tried to present the law to be easily understood by Filipino audiences. Other legal shows tried to do so by using the vernacular, probably thinking that by doing so, they achieve their goal of “popularising the law.”

Not for Legal Edge.

The show producers and hosts tried to explain the law in the most excellent way. Though presented in English, Dean Bautista and Atty. Tuason made themselves very clear by using effective communication techniques. They used easily understood devices and examples so that audiences would “get it” the very first time they hear about the legal principles.

Many people want to see the duo again. Not only are they respectable, they also look very nice on television, with some viewers admiring Atty. Tuason not just for her tremendous intellect and abundant knowledge of the law, but her beauty.

Dean JV Bautista looks dignified and though often serious, yet, in some instances, the brilliant legal expert also manages to smile.

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