‘Bar takers from Davao will make it’

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012


AN OFFICIAL of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) in Davao City said he has high expectations of Dabawenyos who are presently taking the Bar examinations.

"Along with some members of the IBP-Davao City chapter who are now in Zamboanga City attending the IBP Mindanao convention, as always we pray that all the candidates from Davao City taking the Bar exams will pass the same so that we could welcome them all to our chapter in 2013," lawyer Jonathan Jocom, IBP-Davao chapter president, said in a text message.

In a statement published in its official website, the Supreme Court (SC) said there are a total of 5,686 law graduates who are taking the 2012 Bar examination, which is held on all four Sundays of October, starting on October 7.

"Deputy clerk of court and Bar confidant Atty. Ma. Cristina B. Layusa said of the total 5,710 petitions to take the Bar exams, five had been denied, and 19 have been withdrawn, reducing the number of Bar examinees to 5,686," the SC statement read.

Last year, 58 out of 1,913 successful examinees were from Davao City.

Forty-one passers were from Ateneo de Davao University College of Law while University of Mindanao College of Law produced 17 new lawyers.

The number comprised of 36.25 percent out of the 160 Dabawenyo law graduates who took the exams.

Cor Jesu Law School of Digos City also produced 13 new lawyers last year.

Jocom said IBP-Davao City has the biggest number of lawyers in Mindanao with 1,350 members.

Accordingly, the SC said this year's Bar examinations "is back to the original schedule where there will be two exams of the eight Bar examination subjects per Sunday, unlike last year where the coverage of the Bar Examinations was drawn up by topics and sub-topics rather than by simply stating the covered subject."

Supreme Court Justice Martin S. Villarama Jr. is the chair of this year’s Bar exam committee.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 10, 2012.

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