President Rodrigo Duterte greets one of the members of the Lex Talionis Fraternitas Inc. as they celebrate their 50th anniversary at The Manila Hotel on Sept. 25, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday told members of the Lex Talionis Fraternitas Inc. to live up to their pledge of “loyalty and service” by reaching out to Filipinos in need.

Duterte attended the 50th anniversary celebration of Lex Talionis, the San Beda University-College of Law fraternity, at Manila Hotel.

He noted that the fraternity had gone far from a small group of 35 law students in Mendiola in Manila to one of the country’s “premier law fraternities.”

Members, he said, should not confine themselves to serving their fellow members, but also reach out to the general public, particularly the marginalized.

The Chief Executive personally thanked those who have left their lucrative law practices and other profitable endeavors to join him in government.

Lex Talionis was founded on Sept. 29, 1969 at the San Beda College of Law. In 1974, three Mindanaoan members—President Duterte, Joel Babista, and Alberto Sipaco Jr.—proposed to create a chapter of Lex Talionis in the Jesuit Ateneo de Davao University School of Law. (PressONE.ph)