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Atty. Avaro has consistently failed to pay his annual IBP dues for several years. Demand letters have been sent to him and he has acknowledged receipt of these letters. However, all the IBP’s efforts proved futile. As a result, the IBP sent Atty. Avaro a notice that his name would be stricken off the Roll of Attorneys.
Was the IBP’s action correct? (1%)
(A) No, because default in the payment of annual dues only warrants suspension of Integrated Bar members.
(B) Yes, because non-payment of annual dues is an indicator of the lawyer’s moral fitness; refusal to pay is refusal to honor his obligation to the IBP.
(C) No, because failure to pay affects a member’s capability to practise, but not his membership in the Bar.
(D) Yes, because payment of membership dues and other lawful assessments are conditions sine qua non to the privilege of practising law and to the retention of his name in the Roll of Attorneys.
(E) None of the above choices is correct.