The oathtaking and signing of the Roll of Attorneys for 3,992 passers of the 2022 online and regionalized Bar examinations start at 10 a.m. today, May 2, at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City. Those who are set to take their oaths will be led by Czar Matthew Gerard Torres Dayday of the University of the Philippines (UP).  He is the topnotcher with a rating of 88.8083 per cent. Aside from Dayday, the four other examinees who got the highest ratings are from UP.  There were two examinees who garnered the 30th slot. The other top performers were Erickson Cayabyab Marinas, UP, 88.7 666 percent; Christine Claire Cregencia, UP, 87. 9667; Andrea Jasmine Ong Yu, UP, 87.7750; Kim Gia Grande Gatapia, UP, 87.4250; Gabriel Gil Manlambus Baes, University of San Carlos (USC), 87.2500;  Luigi Nico Mosqueda Reyes, San Beda College Alabang (SBC-Alabang), 87.1917; Rio Mei Lungub Uy, Ateneo de Manila University (AdeMU), 87.0582; Mark David Quinit Vergara, AdeMU, 87.0083;  Jaims Gabriel Lopez Orencia, AdeMU, 86.9001; Reina Marie Manatad Cayanong, AdeMU, 86. 8832; Jether Kakilala Corpuz, Mariano Marcos State University, 86.7500; Jayvy Rosales Gamboa, UP, 86.7000; Ar-rashid Jamni Taradji, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, 86.6833; Sharlene ann Oliva Joson, UP, 86.5834; Nicole Kate Paronda Tan, AdeMU, 86.5667; Luis Gabriel Arevalo Perez, UP, 86.5583; Eric Pamintuan Exiomo, Saint Louis University (SLU), 86.4918; Louis-mari Rosales Opina, University of Santo Tomas (UST), 86.4250; Kyle Terence Arnilao Viloria, Arellano University (AU), 86.3334; Gian Miguel Jimenez Balbanero, AdeMU, 86.3167;  Jennefer Franco Estabillo, Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU), 86.3083; Joji Marie Insular Salaver, UP, 86.2417; Jesse Brian Balisi Lui, AdeMU, 86.2000; Alvinson Tumang Dayrit, Angeles University Foundation, 86.1750; Angelika Uy Vega, USC, 86.1666; Chrisha Ver Ramirez Romano-Weigel, USC, 86.1583; Aaron Daryl Pasumbal Marquez, UP, 86.0166; Kathleen Kae Zagala Endozo, AdeMU, 86.0001; and Michael Hofilena Delgado, AdeMU and Patricia Marie Eugenio Ignacio, UP, both  86.0000. SC Justice Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa was the chairperson of the 2022 Bar examinations committee. The SC reminded that starting with the 2022 Bar passers, the SC has increased the Bar admission fee from P3,500 to P5,000 “to cover the imminent surge in the operation costs, particularly the cost of the venue for the oathtaking and roll signing ceremonies, and other logistical expenses, as well as the allowance of concerned personnel.” The 2023 Bar examinations, also online and regionalized, will be administered by the SC only for three days on Sept. 17, 20, and 24, also in various testing centers nationwide, with only six core subjects instead of eight. SC Associate Justice Ramon Paul L. Hernando, chairperson of the 2023 Bar examinations committee, said: “Commercials Law and Taxation Law have been conjoined to the close affinity between these two fields in legal practice, while Remedial Law and Legal and Judicial Ethics with Practical Exercises were fused together as these subjects complement each other in actual practice.” Thus, the subjects for examinations on Sept. 17, 2023 will be Political and Public International Law in the morning, and Commercial and Taxation Laws in the afternoon, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. On Sept. 20, 2023, the subjects covered are Civil Law in the morning and Labor Law and Social Legislation in the afternoon. On Sept. 24, 2023, Criminal Law and Remedial Law will be in the morning and Legal and Judicial Ethics with Practical Exercises in the afternoon. Justice Hernando said the early release of the Bar exams results would be complementary to an early conduct of the examinations. “We will therefore have aspirants to the profession earning their J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, taking the Bar exams, taking the oath and signing the roll of attorneys all in the same year,” he said.

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