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Bar 2017: Only 1 out of 4 examinees pass

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By: James Hernandez

In spite of the largest turnout in its history, there were 1,724 persons who passed among the 6,748 examinees who took the 2017 Bar Examninations, said Supreme Court (SC) Justice Lucas Bersamin.

Bersamin, chairs the 2017 SC Committee on the Bar Examinations, announced the results of the Bar Examinations which he noted is less than the 3,747 who passed for 2016.

Also, 2017’s 25.5 passing percentage is also way lower than 2016’s 59.06 passing percentage which is considered the highest in history of the Bar Examinations.

Mark John H. Simondo of the University of St. La Salle took the top spot of the 2017 Bar Examinations with the highest over-all rating of 91.0500%.

The other top 10 passers include Christianne Mae Balili of the University of San Carlos; Camille Remoroza of Ateneo de Davao University; Ivanne D’laureil Hisoler of the University of San Carlos; Monica Anne Yap of the San Beda College-Manila; Lorenzo Luigi Gayva of the University of Sto. Tomas; Rheland Servacio of the University of San Carlos; Krizza Fe Alcantara-Bagni of St. Mary’s University; Algie Kwillon Mariacos of San Beda College-Manila; Klinton Torralba of the University of Sto. Tomas; and Emma Ruby Aguilar of the University of Sto. Tomas.

The SC designates every year an incumbent Justice to chair a committee consisting of eight examiners, one for each bar subject.

Under the rules, the coverage of the Bar Examinations includes the following subjects: Political Law and Public International Law (15%), Labor and Social Legislation (10%), Civil Law (15%), Taxation (10%), Mercantile Law (15%), Criminal Law (10%), Remedial Law (20%) and Legal and Judicial Ethics (5%).

The general passing average is 75 percent under the rules.