Puno graces testimonial dinner for new Pangasinan’s lawyers

July 29, 2010 at 8:29 am Leave a comment

The successful 2009 bar passers. From left to right : Attys. Edward Cham, Cynthia Natividad, Rhoda Odero, Donna Mendiguarin, Jennifer Melchor and Alex Norman B. Lomboy. Not in photo is Atty. Rosanna Molina

by Atty. Alex Norman B. Lomboy

“The graduates of provincial law schools deserved more congratulations than those graduates of UP, Ateneo, San Beda and other leading law schools in Manila”.

This was the opening statement of former Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno as he bared the predicament of law students in the province who are mostly working students who barely have the time for their studies as compared to the full-time law students in Manila who can devote more time to their study of the law.

The retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines was the guest of honor and speaker as the University of Pangasinan-PHINMA Education Network’s College of Law hosted a testimonial dinner last July 23, 2010 at the Star Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom to honor its seven (7) new lawyers who successfully hurdled the rather tough Bar examinations given last year.
Of the 1,451 new lawyers who passed the 2009 Bar examinations, seven (7) of them are proud graduates of the University of Pangasinan which was recently under new management of PHINMA. These successful new lawyers are Attys. Edward C. Cham, Alex Norman B. Lomboy, Jennifer M. Melchor, Donna D. Mendiguarin, Rosanna M. Molina, Cynthia C. Natividad and Rhoda M. Odero.
Figures from the Office of the Bar Confidant of the Supreme Court revealed that a total of 5,903 law graduates from 109 law schools nationwide took the 2009 Bar exams held on September 6, 13, and 20, and October 4, 2009 at the De La Salle University in Taft Avenue, Manila with Supreme Court’s Associate Justice Antonio Eduardo Nachura as chairman.
The Bar Examinations are traditionally held during the four (4) consecutive Sundays of September but the High Court had to reset the last exams week to October 4, 2009 due to the massive flooding in Metro Manila and nearby provinces brought about by Tropical Storm “Ondoy” which displaced many bar examinees. The postponement was a first in the history of the Bar exams since the very first examination that was held in 1901.
On his speech, the chief justice profoundly dealt on issues affecting the environment. He proudly bared his legacy to the Filipino people most especially to the generations to come by the passing under his able stewardship the Writ of Kalikasan as well as the Writ of Continuing Mandamus. These new rules are specifically promulgated to govern environmental cases. Noteworthy is the fact that it is only in the Philippines among nations all over the world that has these remedies to protect its environment.

“The right to a sound environment carries with it the duty to preserve it not only for ourselves but for the generations to come” stressed the former highest magistrate in the land. The very right to life enshrined in the Philippine Constitution is at stake as we protect the right of the unborn citizens.
The former Chief Justice thus admonished everybody present that evening led by the University of Pangasinan-PHINMA Education Network’s College of Law Dean, Atty. Alvin V. Gonzales and College of Law Dean Emeritus, Atty. Hermogenes Decano, to spearhead the change for a better environment and let that change start from all of us and within us.
On a lighter note, the Philippine Bar exams, which serve as the licensure examiner for lawyers, is exclusively administered by the Supreme Court. It is the only professional licensure test in the country that is not supervised by the Philippine Regulatory Commission. The Supreme Court conducts the Bar examinations pursuant to Article VIII, Sec. 5 of the Constitution which provides that it shall have the power to promulgate rules governing the admission to the practice of law.
The 2009 Bar Exams was also the first time that two (2) examiners were designated in each of the eight subjects. Thus, every Bar subject was divided into two parts. The 2-examiner policy was adopted by the High Court after the Committee on Legal Education and Bar Matters approved the proposal of Lawyer Ma. Cristina B. Layusa, Deputy Clerk of Court and Bar Confidant, to designate two (2) examiners per Bar subject, pursuant to Paragraph 4, Part B of Bar Matter No. 1161.
The Rules of Court provide that “a candidate may be deemed to have passed his examination successfully if he has obtained a general average of 75% in all subjects without falling below 50% in any subject.”
In determining the average, subjects in the examinations are given the following relative weights: Political and International Law, 15%; Labor and Social Legislation, 10%; Civil Law, 15%; Taxation, 10%; Mercantile Law, 15%; Criminal Law, 10%; Remedial Law, 20%; and Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises, 5%, for a total of 100%.
The University of Pangasinan-PHINMA Education Network’s passing percentage of almost 40% during the 2009 Bar exams is higher than that of the national passing percentage of 24.58% and higher than that of other law schools in Northern Luzon. Due credit must be accorded to the university’s new management for its all-out support to its bar candidates. In fact, the newly-renovated building fronting Arellano Street now accommodates the University’s College of Law as the management intends to make the university the premiere law school outside of Metro Manila.


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