4th placer in bar exams is a Mindanawon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 March)  — A graduate of the Ateneo de Davao University placed fourth among 982 examinees who passed the September 2010 bar examinations.

Among the Top Ten passers, Janette R. Angcog scored 85.90% and is the lone topnotcher coming from a Mindanao-based school. Four students of the Ateneo de Manila are in the Top Ten: first placer Cesareo Antonio S. Singzon, Jr., who ranked first at 89%, second placer Filemon Ray L. Javier (86.95%), fifth placer Johana T. Sunga (85.85%) and ninth placer William Benson S. Gan (84.75%).

The Supreme Court, which released the results late afternoon of March 17, said the passers represent only 20.26% of the 4,874 who took the bar last year, the lowest average in the last 10 years.

Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales, chair of the 2010 Committee on Bar Examinations, announced the results at 5:30 p.m.

Four graduates of the University of the Philippines, all of them women, placed sixth, seventh and eight: Krizelle Marie F. Poblacion, 6th place (85.65%), Maria Christina C. Ortua and Krystal Lyn T. Uy, 7th (85.05%), and Joanna Eileen M. Capones, 8th (84.80%).

Two graduates of the Arellano University placed second – Paolo Carlo C. Tolentino (86.80%) and Darren L. Salipsip placed 10th, along with Glenn C. Carampatana of the University of San Carlos.

The Philippine Star on March 19 reported that the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) offered the Top Ten passers careers in government.

The Star reported that Solicitor General Jose Anselmo Cadiz urged the top 10 Bar passers to join the OSG’s “relentless pursuit of integrity in advocacy and social justice through advocacy” in its 110th year.

“Pursuant to the OSG’s vision to actively enlist the best legal minds, we are offering you the position of associate solicitor III. As a rule, an associate solicitor III position is open only to lawyers who have at least three years of relevant experience. The position, however, is likewise offered to lawyers who have excelled in the bar examinations,” the letter read. (MindaNews)