Only 32 new lawyers from Davao City

Subscribe Now March 21, 2013 at 10:11pm

ONLY a few examinees from Davao City passed the October 2012 Bar Exams. Out of 129 examinees, only 32 or 24.8 percent passed, as the country suffered its lowest passing rate in 13 years at only 17.76 percent.

The Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) has 26 passers out of 52 examinees, registering a passing rate of 50 percent.

Of the total number, 24 out of 34 first timers and only two out of 18 retakers passed the exams.

The University of Mindanao (UM College of Law) has six passers out of 77 examinees (35 first timers and 42 retakers). Of the six passers, four are fresh graduates.

Lawyer Roland Pondoc, assistant dean of UM College of Law, explained that the school recorded 77 as its total number of examinees, but there are still some UM products who filed directly before the Supreme Court.

"Basta mubo gani ang national passing percentage, expected na nga mubo pud ang passing rate sa mga schools (if the national passing rate is low, it’s expected that passing rates per school are also low)," Pondoc said in a phone interview.

Meanwhile, Lawyer Israelito Torreon, dean of Cor Jesu College in Digos City, said they have four passers, but did not elaborate on the total number of examinees.

Only 949 or 17.76 percent of 5,343 takers nationwide passed the Bar, which is said to be one of toughest licensure examinations in the Philippines.

The lowest passing percentage was recorded in 1999, when only 660 or 16.59 percent passed.

In a text message, Lawyer Jonathan Jocom, Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)-Davao City chapter, said he is still confident that Davao City produces good and competitive lawyers.

"Our law schools here in Davao City are among of the best in the entire Philippines," Jocom told Sun.Star Davao.

When asked to comment what is the implication of having few numbers of passers nationwide, he said: "Normally, if the questions in the bar exams are hard, the examiners are lenient in their corrections. But, when the questions are relatively easy, the examiners make hard the corrections."

Ateneo de Manila University topped the examinations for the third straight year as Ignatius Michael Ingles got a rating of 85.64 percent. He was followed by fellow Atenean Catherine Beatrice King Kay with 84.72 percent.

April Carmela Lacson from the University of the Philippines (UP) placed third (84.48 percent), Xavier Jesus Romualdo from Ateneo was fourth (84.10 percent) and Maria Graciela Base (UP) and Jose Maria Machuca (UP) were in fifth place with a rating of 83.99 percent.

Rounding out the top 10 were Patrick Henry Salazar (UP, 83.71 percent), Ralph Karlo Barcelona from (Aquinas University, 83.43 percent), Marvyn Llamas (Ateneo, 83.29 percent), Carlo Martin Li (Ateneo, 83.27 percent), and Francis Paolo Tiopianco (UP, 83.25 percent).

Justices of the Supreme Court lowered on Wednesday the passing rate from 75 percent to 70 percent just to come up with nearly 1,000 passers of the 2012 Bar Examinations.

In an online report, Bar Exam chairperson Associate Justice Martin Villarama said examinees had difficulties in answering questions on Criminal Law, Remedial Law and Labor Law.

In determining the average, subjects in the examinations are given the following relative weights: Political and International Law, 15 percent; Labor and Social Legislation, 10 percent; Civil Law, 15 percent; Taxation, 10 percent; Mercantile Law, 15 percent; Criminal Law, 10 percent; Remedial Law, 20 percent; and Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises, 5 percent, for a total of 100 percent.

Scores in the multiple-choice questions will carry a weight of 60 percent, while those of the essay-type examinations will be given a weight of 40 percent in computing a candidate's final grade.

The names of the successful examinees are shown on three LCD monitors set up at the Supreme Court front yard and can simultaneously be viewed at

Based on the official website of the Supreme Court, the oath-taking of the successful Bar candidates will be on April 24, 2013 at 2:00 in the afternoon at the Philippine International Convention Center.

"The Bar passers may secure their clearances from the Office of the Bar Confidant during office hours, Monday to Friday, beginning April 1, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.," the post read.

The exam was taken in four Sundays of October last year at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. (ANC)


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