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Lady Justice: Top five Bar scores dominated by women

By KERRY TINGA

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When we try to visualize the concept of justice, one image comes to most people’s minds: a woman with her eyes closed, holding a pair of scales and a sword. Lady Justice.

This Wednesday, April 29, a total of 2,103 law graduates were announced to have passed the 2019 Bar exam. After all their hard work they now begin new journeys, defining the type of lawyer they will be. Senior Associate Justice Estela Perlas Bernabe, who is also the Bar Chairman, announced the results. With 7,685 examinees taking the Bar last November, the 2019 Bar officially had a 27.36 percent passing rate.

The top five Bar scores were achieved by women, three out of five graduating from law schools outside of Metro Manila. University of Santo Tomas–Legazpi alumnus Mae Diane Azores topped the Bar with 91.049 percent. She is followed by University of the East graduate Princess Fatima Parahiman in second with 89.523 percent, while Azores’ school mate Myra Baranda placed third with 88.825 percent.

After previously failing the Bar in 2018, Dawna Fya Bandiola of San Beda College–Alabang has become an inspiration, placing fourth with a grade of 88.336 percent. While the passing rate is notoriously low, Bandiola is a testament that this is not the end for those who were not on the list.

Rounding out the list of the top five Bar scores is Palawan State University graduate Jocelyn Fabello.

While it has been a tradition for hopeful students to visit the Supreme Court premises to view the Bar results, because of the Covid-19 pandemic the examinees viewed the final list online.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2020/04/29/lady-justice-top-five-bar-scores-dominated-by-women/)

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