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2018 Bar passers to take oath on June 13 at PICC

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

The 2016 Bar Exams passers taking oath

MANILA, Philippines – The successful 2018 Bar takers are set to take their oaths as new lawyers of the Philippines on June 13, the Supreme Court (SC) announced on Tuesday (May 7).

In its website, the SC said the oath-taking will take place at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). Signing in the Roll of Attorneys will start on June 14.

The SC last Friday released the list of law graduates who successfully passed the 2018 Bar exams.

READ: SC releases list of 2018 Bar exam passers

Sean James Borja of the Ateneo de Manila University topped the Bar, along with the graduates from the University of San Carlos, University of the Philippines and De La Salle University-Manila.

The SC said 22.07 percent or 1,800 of the 8,155 examinees passed the 2018 Bar exams. This is slightly lower compared with the 25.55 percent who passed the Bar exams in 2017.

In line with the upcoming oathtaking ceremony, the High Court reminded the Bar passers to secure their clearances from the Office of the Bar Confidant (OBC).

“The Supreme Court today reminded all successful 2018 Bar examinees to promptly secure their clearances from the Office of the Bar Confidant (OBC) in time for their June 13, 2019 oathtaking at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC),” it said.

The SC said the Bar passers only have until June 10 to secure their clearances, the process of which started on Tuesday (May 7).  

“The High Court, through the OBC, said that the successful Bar examinees have only until June 10, 2019, Monday, as the new deadline to secure their clearances from the OBC,” the SC said.

“They are directed to prepare P6,050 (P3,850 for oath fees and P2,200 for Integrated Bar of the Philippines [IBP] dues, including building fund). For clearance, each is advised to bring three (3) valid identification cards (IDs): one for security and the two for presentation to the OBC,” it added.

The 2018 Bar exams, which was the 117th held in the country, was conducted at the University of Santo Tomas last November.

A total of 8,155 law graduates took the 2018 Bar exams, the highest so far in the history of the Bar exams.

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$211-M Kaliwa Dam project questioned before SC

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2019

Kaliwa River

MANILA, Philippines — Bayan Muna appealed to the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday (May 9) questioning the $211 million Kaliwa Dam Project signed between the Philippines and China.

The group said the contract clearly gives up the country’s sovereignty through the waiver of immunity clause once the country fails to pay on time or comply with contract terms and conditions.

Bayan Muna also questioned the confidentiality clause which states that the terms and conditions of the contract must be confidential, which the group claims violates the constitution.

“May confidentiality clause siya na hanggang ngayon wala kaming certified true copy ng Kaliwa dam. At iyong sinasabi nila na nasa website hindi iyan iyong sinasabi ng Korte Suprema na certified true copy kapag kami ay mag-file,” former Bayan Muna Party list Rep. Neri Colmenares. 

(There is a confidentiality clause in the Kaliwa dam deal which until now we have no certified true copy of. And what they claim on the website as the certified true copy is not what the Supreme Court says so.)

Bayan Muna also wants respondents to release documents in relation to the project’s procurement and Chinese contractor.

“Marami namang qualified siguro na contractor at laborer dito sa Pilipinas bakit naman China lang ang pwedeng magkuha ng proyekto?” the former solon said.

(There may be a lot of qualified contractors and laborers in the Philippines. Why is it that only China can acquire the project?)

“Hindi lang doon sa isyu na nire-raise natin kundi sa interes ng mamamayang Pilipino na nakasalalay dito: ang ating mga katutubo, ang mga komunidad na direktang matatamaan nitong Kaliwa dam at ang susunod na henerasyon,” added Rep. Carlos Zarate.

(It’s not only the issue that we are raising. The interest of the Filipino people is also at stake, our ethnic groups, the community and the next generation that will be directly affected by the Kaliwa dam project .)

The construction of Kaliwa dam aims to provide a new water source amid the increase in the demand of water supply — Mai Bermudez

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Panelo tells new lawyers to value integrity, pursue career in gov’t

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Scenes from the 2018 Bar Exam results

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Friday urged the new lawyers of the Philippines to consider pursuing a career in government following the release of the 2018 Bar exams results.

“We hope that many of our country’s new lawyers consider pursuing a career in the government and help build a progressive and peaceful nation that will provide a comfortable life for all,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

The Palace official added that the new lawyers’ youth, idealism, academic competence and personal integrity “are welcome under the present Administration, and should be in succeeding administrations as well.”

The Supreme Court on Friday released the list of law graduates who successfully passed the 2018 Bar exams.

READ: SC releases list of 2018 Bar exam passers

Sean James Borja of the Ateneo de Manila University topped the Bar, along with the graduates from the University of San Carlos, University of the Philippines and De La Salle University-Manila.

The SC said 22.07 percent or 1,800 of the 8,155 examinees passed the 2018 Bar exams. This is slightly lower compared to the 25.55% who passed the Bar exams in 2017.

Panelo, also President Rodrigo Duterte’s chief legal counsel, congratulated the Bar exam passers and advised them to “savor one of the most joyous moments in their lives after days of anxiety and apprehension.”

“Congratulations likewise go to the parents and to those who provided the means for these new lawyers to graduate from law schools, for the sacrifices as they toiled to shepherd these new gladiators of law,” he added.

He also reminded the new Bar passers to value and preserve their integrity as legal practitioners.

“As they prepare to take their oaths and sign in the roll of attorneys, we urge them to inculcate in their minds that integrity is the highest in the hierarchy of virtues in the legal profession,” he said.

“Learning the law is a never-ending process. Its practice is faced with endless challenges and a constant wrestling with conscience as we ought to remove our partisanship, personal feelings and biases as well as prejudices when a question of law or a case subject of litigation is thrown to our lap for the application of the letter and spirit of the law,” he added. – rrdg

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2018 Bar exam results out on May 3 — Supreme Court

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

File photo: Bar examiners search for their names on the list of Bar passers

MANILA, Philippines – The results of the 2018 Bar examination will be released on May 3, the Supreme Court (SC) Public Information Office announced on Wednesday (May 1).

In an advisory, the SC PIO said the magistrates will hold a special En Banc session to deliberate on the exam results.

“The results of the 2018 Bar Examinations will be released on May 3, 2019, Friday, after approval by the Supreme Court En Banc in a special session,” the SC’s Information Office said.

SC Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo, chairperson of the 2018 Bar Exams Committee, will announce the results at the SC front yard in Padre Faura Street in Manila.

“The list of successful examinees will then be posted and may be viewed at the SC website http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/, the official website of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, and its designated mirror sites,” the SC PIO added.

The list of successful Bar examinees will also be shown in an LED wall.

The 2018 Bar exams were held at the University of Santo Tomas last November.

A total of 8,155 law graduates took the 2018 Bar exams, the highest so far in the history of the Bar exams.

The 2018 Bar examination is the 117th held in the Philippines. — Robie de Guzman (with details from Mai Bermudez)

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