An alumnus of the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) College of Law has topped the 2012 Bar Examination, which saw the lowest number of bar passers in 12 years.
Ignatius Ingles, who is the salutatorian of the ADMU College of Law, led the bar passers, by posting an 85.64% grade.
He was followed by Catherine King Kay, who was the Valedictorian of class 2012 of the Ateneo Law School, after she got a grade of 84.72%.
Ranked number 3 in the 2012 Bar Examination was April Lacson of University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law who posted a 84.48% (UP) grade.
Rounding up the top ten list of examiners who obtained the highest ratings were:
Xavier Romualdo ADMU (4th); Maria Base of UP and Jose Maria Angel Machuca of ADMU (5th); Patrick Salazar of UP ( 6TH); Ralph Barcelona of Aquinas University (7th); Marvyn Llamas of ADMU (8th); Carlo Martin Li of ADMU (9th) and Francis Paolo Tiopianco (10th).
Of the 5,343 examinees who took the exam, only 949 or 17.76 percent passed the bar examinations.
Among those who passed this year's bar examination was Jose Lorenzo A. Sereno, son of Supreme Court Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno.
The passing rate is lower compared to the 31.95 passing rate during the 2011 Bar exams, in which 1,913 examinees passed, led by Bar first placer Raoul Angelo Atadero from the Ateneo Law School.
The list of passers was displayed on the Supreme Court premises and flashed on wide screens in the high court's front yard near the Padre Faura entrance in Manila.
More than 5,000 law school graduates took the Bar exams during the four Saturdays of October last year at the University of Santo Tomas along España Boulevard in Manila.
In the 2011 Bar examinations, 1,913 out of 5,990 examinees passed, comprising a passing rate of 31.95 percent. This was the second highest passing rate since 2000. An Ateneo Law School grad also emerged as the topnotcher in that test. Meanwhile, the passing rate in the 2010 Bar was 20.26 percent.