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It’s more practical to hold the annual Bar examinations simultaneously in Manila,
the Visayas and Mindanao, lawmakers appealed to the Supreme Court.
“At present, Section , !ule "# $Attorneys and Admission to BA!% o& the !ules
o& Court pro'ide that, “(xaminations &or admission to the )ar o& the *hilippines shall take
place annually in the City o& Manila,+ !eps. !u&us !odri,ue- $.
/istrict, Ca,ayan de
0ro City% and A)ante Mindanao party1list !ep. Maximo !odri,ue- noted.
2he lawmakers are authors o& 3ouse !esolution 4o. 5." which ur,es the Supreme
Court o& the *hilippines “to seriously consider the holdin, o& the annual Bar examinations
in Manila, Ce)u City and Ca,ayan de 0ro City simultaneously.+
2he *hilippine Bar examination is the pro&essional licensure examination &or
would1)e lawyers in the country and is widely considered the most di&&icult licensure
examinations in the country, the authors opined.
“Various law schools in the Visayas and Mindanao ha'e, in recent years, called &or
the decentrali-ation o& the BA! exams and ha'e said exams held simultaneously in
Manila, Visayas and Mindanao,+ they said.
0n the other hand, the lawmakers noted, that the Supreme Court explained that it
would )e 'ery di&&icult to conduct BA! exams outside o& Manila due to )ud,etary
constraints and the di&&iculty o& ensurin, the inte,rity o& the test 6uestions to pre'ent
leaka,es particularly when the 6uestioners are )ein, transported.
3owe'er, “many BA! takers &rom outside Manila ha'e additional di&&iculties in
,oin, to Manila and stayin, there &or &our weeks and it would )e more disad'anta,eous
&or the examinees &rom the pro'inces, not only &inancially )ut also emotionally and
psycholo,ically,+ the authors pointed out.
7ni'ersity o& Ce)u1Colle,e o& 8aw /ean Baldomero (sten-o, accordin, to the
authors, )elie'es that more )ar taker will pass i& the exams are done outside Metro Manila
since this would &ree them &rom the &inancial and psycholo,ical )a,,a,e.
2he authors recalled that (sten-o and the rest o& the law deans in the Visayas ha'e
pre'iously &iled a petition in .55 askin, the Supreme Court to also hold the Bar exams in
re,ional centers like Ce)u.
2he !esolution has )een re&erred to the Committee on 9ustice chaired )y !ep. 4eil
C. 2upas, 9r. $:
/istrict, Iloilo% &or proper action. $"5% dpt
NR # 3470B
MAY 18, 2014