By Rey Panaligan
Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta called on the 2,103 law graduates who passed the 2019 bar examinations to commit themselves “towards upholding truth, fairness, and justice within the legal profession.”
“May you all always give your best to your country, to your fellow Filipinos, and to God,” Peralta said in his message that was emailed to journalists by the Supreme Court’s (SC) public information office (PIO).
Peralta observed the “unfamiliar and trying” manner by which the results were released by the SC “as necessitated by our current reality.” He was obviously referring to the coronavirus disease that forced the physical closure of courts in the country.
“But notwithstanding the seemingly stark manner by which the Court announced the results of last year’s bar examinations, it is undeniable that the sight of your names in the list of passers serves as your just reward for years of dutiful study and hard work,” he told the bar passers who will become full-fledged lawyers once they take their oath and sign the Roll of Attorneys.
A total of 2,103 or 27.36 per cent of the 7,685 law graduates who took the 2019 bar examinations administered by the SC last November passed the tests.
Mae Diane M. Azores of the University of Santo Tomas (UST), formerly Aquinas University, in Legaspi City, topped the examinations with a rating of 91.0490 per cent.
The other topnotchers are Princess Fatima T. Parahiman, University of the East, 2nd place, 89.5330 per cent; Myra M. Baranda, UST-Legaspi, 3rd , 88.8250; Dawna Fya O. Bandiola, San Beda College (Alabang), 4th , 88.3360; Jocelyn B. Fabello, Palawan State University, 5th, 88.2630; Kenneth Glenn L. Manuel, UST, 6th, 88.1730; Rhowee D Buergo, Jose Rizal University, 7th, 87.8710; Anton Luis A. Avila, Saint Louis University, 8th, 87.5820; Jun Dexter H. Rojas, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, 87.5765; and Bebelan A. Madera, University of St. La Salle, 10th, 87.3795.
SC Senior Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas Bernabe, chairperson of the 2019 bar examinations committee, said “the clearance procedure, oathtaking of the successful bar examinees, and signing of the Roll of Attorneys, will be announced in due time.”
Earlier, the SC had decided to release the bar exams results online through its website “in the light of the government’s call for social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease.”
A deviation from the traditional practice, the SC did not allow visitors or bar examinees to enter the SC compound on Padre Faura Street in Ermita, Manila.
The list of the bar passers was not also displayed on screens that used to be set up inside the SC compound.