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By Mike Frialde Philstar, March 30, 2008
Mercedita Ona, a graduate of theAteneo de Manila law school, took the number one spot in the 2007Bar examinations with a score of 83.55 percent.Out of 5,626 candidates who took the Bar, only 22.9 percent or 1,289 passed, according to SupremeCourt Justice Adolfo Azcuna, chair-man of the 2007 Bar exams.Placing second was Jennifer Ongof the University of the Philip- pines, garnering a grade of 83.35 percent.They were followed by YvannaMaalat (Ateneo de Manila), 82.75 percent; Jennie Aclan (Universityof San Carlos), 82.10 percent; andJohn Michael Galauran (Universityof Nueva Caceres), 81.60 percent.Ranking sixth was Karen Canullas(San Sebastian College) with 81.40 percent while tying for seventh place were Cecile Mejia (Ateneode Manila) and Sheryl Ann Tizon(University of the Philippines) with
Ateneo female grad tops Bar
a score of 81.35 percent.In eighth place was Marforth Fua(San Beda College) with 81.20 per-cent, followed by Ruby Luy (Ate-neo de Davao) with 81.15 percent,and Christian Llido (University of Cebu) and Vivian Tan (Universityof the Philippines) who were tiedfor 10th place with a score of 80.90 percent.Also among the Bar passers isSTAR business reporter Mary AnnReyes.Ona, 27, said she was “so happy”about the results.
She said this is her rst attemptto take the Bar. She is a certied
public accountant working for the
Sycip law rm.
She added that she is the onlylawyer in the family.
“It (exam) was very difcult. I
knew it when I left the examinationroom, that’s why I’m nervous anddid not go to the Supreme Court inManila and just decided to view theresults online,” Ona said.She said her preparations for theBar exams were also very tough.The Rules of Court providethat “a candidate may be deemedto have passed his examinationsuccessfully if he has obtained ageneral average of 75 percent inall subjects without falling below50 percent in any subject.”In determining the average, sub- jects in the examinations are giventhe following relative weights:Political and International Law, 15 percent; Labor and Social Legis-lation, 10 percent; Civil Law, 15 percent; Taxation, 10 percent; Mer-cantile Law, 15 percent; CriminalLaw, 10 percent; Remedial Law,20 percent; and Legal Ethics and
Practical Exercises, ve percent,
for a total of 100 percent.Azcuna said the Court decided toadjust the passing grade in the 2007Bar exams to compensate for the“unusually strict” corrections of theexams, particularly in the subjectsof Criminal Law, Civil Law, andLabor Law.“If the passing grade was 75, only
ve percent would have passed. So
we lowered it to 70. That is why22.9 percent passed,” he said.According to Azcuna, three jus-tices – Consuelo Ynares-Santiago,Conchita Carpio-Morales and Pres- bitero Velasco – inhibited them-selves from the deliberations on the2007 Bar exams because they haverelatives who took the test.Azcuna added that the results of the Bar exams, which was supposedto be released last Friday, was re-leased only yesterday because the
Court veried the names of the law
schools.“Because schools have beenchanging their names, we wantedto be sure. We wanted to be sure before we decoded,” said Azcuna.In decoding, the number of theexaminee as written on his exam papers is matched with his name.In 2006, of the 6,345 Bar takers,only 1,893 hurdled the exams.
The Bar exams were rst insti
-tuted in 1901 with only 13 exam-inees.The 2007 Bar exams marked the
third time the “ve-strike” rule was
implemented. This rule limits to
ve the maximum number of times
a candidate may take what is said to be the most grueling government-administered test.
The ve-strike rule is pursuant to
the Court’s resolution in Bar Matter No. 1161, Re: Proposed Reformsin the Bar Examinations, which provides, among others, that those
who have taken the Bar exams ve
or more times – and still failed – shall no longer be eligible to takeany future Bar exams.Bar Matter No. 1161 provides
for the “(d)isqualication of a can
-didate after failing in three (3) ex-aminations, provided, that he may
take a fourth and fth examination
if he successfully completes a one(1) year refresher course for eachexamination; provided, further thatupon the effectivity of this Resolu-tion, those who have already failed
in ve (5) or more Bar examina
-tions shall be allowed to take onlyone (1) more Bar examination after completing a one (1) year refresher course.”The Court conducts the Bar exams pursuant to Article VIII,Section 5 of the Constitution which provides that it shall have the power to promulgate rules governing theadmission to the practice of law.
Philstar, March 25, 2008
Chito Madrigal Collantes passedaway peacefully in her home at 6 p.m. yesterday. She was 86.As matriarch of the Madrigalfamily, Chito was a true womanof character, grace and substance,
who was one of the rst of a gen
-eration of women to break awayfrom traditional roles. She was one
of the rst Filipinas to pass the bar
in Washington DC.She will be remembered as botha pioneering businesswoman and philanthropist, as well as a styleicon. Not only was she activein politics throughout her life,especially with the campaigns of Presidents Marcos and Macapagal,she was also a Dame of the Order of St. Sylvester.Chito is survived by her husband,former Foreign Affairs Minister Manuel Collantes, as well as gen-erations of family who “will liveinspired by her life’s example.”