FOR THE 2014 Bar Examinations, the number “2” is the magic number of the Ateneo Law School (ALS).
Roughly five months after the last exam was taken, the Supreme Court of the Philippines released the results of the 2014 Bar Examinations last 26 March 2015. Christian Drilon of the ALS obtained the second-highest grade out of 5,984 examinees, with an average of 85.45%. Tristan Matthew Delgado of the ALS also made it to the Top Ten, with an average of 83.45%, good for tenth overall.
The rest of the Top Ten placers are Irene Alcobilla from San Beda College-Manila (1st), Sandra Magalang from the University of the Philippines (2nd), Mark Bejemino from UP, Gil Garcia from Ateneo de Davao and Reginal Laco from De La Salle Lipa (tied for 4th), Michelle Lao from the University of Cebu (5th), Jose David from San Beda College-Manila (6th), Adrian Aumentado also from San Beda College-Manila (7th), Rhey Damay from UP and Fideliz Diaz from the FEU-DLSU JD-MBA program (8th), and Jamie Yu from UP (9th).
1,126 or 18.82% of the 5,556 examinees passed the examinations. The passing grade was lowered from 75% to 73%. The Court has yet to reveal the overall passing rates of each school.
2014 Bar exams
The 2014 edition of the Bar Examinations were held in University of Sto. Tomas from October 5 to October 26, with the examinees having to undergo eight exams in the fields of Political Law and Public International Law, Labor and Social Legislation, Civil Law, Taxation, Mercantile Law, Criminal Law, Remedial Law and Legal and Judicial Ethics. The exams were spread out in four Sundays.
Out of all the items which were answered in each exam, 20% were multiple choice questions, and 80% were essay-type questions.
This year’s examiners include Rene Gorospe (Political Law and Public International Law), Andres Bautista (Labor Law and Social Legislation), Maria Liza Lopez-Rosario (Civil Law), Justice Esperanza Fabon-Victorino (Taxation), Ferdinand Negre (Mercantile Law), Theodore Te (Criminal Law), Edgar Julio Asuncion (Remedial Law), and Justice Rosalinda Asuncion-Vicente (Legal Ethics).
This year’s set of Bar Exams introduced a more comprehensive outline of the topics included in the syllabus of each subject. In addition, new security measures were introduced such as the use of transparent plastic bags or zip locks as a requirement for storing the books and personal belongings of the examinees at the examination venue, and the use of bar codes to identify examination booklets instead of the traditional name cards.
The 2014 Bar Exams Committee was chaired by Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta, while Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de-Castro will chair the same committee for 2015.
Last year, two ALS students were also among the top ten placers of the 2013 Bar Exams. Dianna Louise R. Wilwayco was second place with 85.45%, while Marjorie Ivory S. Fulgueras placed ninth with 83.65%. P