Labor law expert Atty. Alcantara, 79, passes away

QUEZON CITY—Distinguished lawyer and labor law professor Atty. Samson Savella Alcantara passed away this afternoon, December 26.

This was confirmed to BICOL STANDARD by Alcantara's Chief of Staff Christine Ann Sempio.

He was 79.

Atty. Samson Alcantara
Atty. Samson Alcantara
Photo from Alcantara's Facebook account
As president of the Lex Reviews & Seminars, Inc., Alcantara helped make bar review accessible to reviewees from the province. 

He last delivered a lecture during the 2014 bar review season at the  the University of Nueva Caceres in the City of Naga. 

He also used to deliver labor law lectures in Legazpi City.

Alcantara made headlines when he, together with his co-petitioners, sought the removal of the Pandacan Oil Depot in Manila.

He was also the first one to file a petition seeking that the pork barrel system be declared unconstitutional.

Alcantara ran for senator in the 2013 polls.

The official profile of the professor in the University of Sto. Tomas webiste reads: "Atty. Alcantara is a renowned professor of labor law. He finished law at the Manuel L. Quezon University School of Law in 1957 and placed 3rd in the Bar Examinations of the same year.

He is engaged in active law practice since 1958 and currently a retained counsel of several teacher’s and allied workers unions. He is the National President of Social Justice Society.

Alcantara started teaching in 1967 handling Political Law and Labor Law subjects. Presently, he is a faculty member of the UST Faculty of Civil Law, MLQ School of Law, PLM College of Law, and a bar reviewer in several law schools. He is the author of Philippine Law and Social Legislation, Reviewer in Labor and Social Legislation, and Statutes."

According to his Facebook account, his remains lie in state at the Loyola Memorial Chapel Commonwealth, Quezon City, tomorrow, December 27, 2014.

Meanwhile, interment will be in the afternoon of December 30, 2014 at the Loyola Memorial Park, Marikina City.

The Facebook notice ends with the words of the professor: "When a person is born, the date when his journey in this world will end is already fixed. Nothing can change this. This is a reality we must accept so we can go on with our lives without much pain and sorrow until our own journey ends."—BICOLSTANDARD.COM