- Mark John Simondo of the University of St. La Salle Bacolod is 2017’s Bar Examination topnotcher
- He scored an average of 91.05%
- He said he is still weighing his plans whether to enter public service or venture into corporate law
Mark John Simondo of the University of St. La Salle Bacolod made it to the headlines as he topped the recent Bar Examinations.
With an average of 91.05%, Simondo beat all the other 1,724 exam passers to be the topnotcher.
The La Salle alumnus admitted that he didn’t expect to be on top of the list. In an interview with ANC 24/7, Simondo admitted that he was overwhelmed with emotion.
He said, “I am quite shy to say this, but I cried quite hard. I did not expect it.”
Simondo, also revealed that although he had been an honor student, law school was a whole different challenge. He said, “I did graduate with honors during my high school and college years, but law school is different.”
When asked why he pursued law studies, he answered, “I took up law because my parents were pressuring me to go abroad. I felt that the Philippines is where I should be. I needed a job that would justify my stay here.”
“I was looking at medicine, accountancy or law. I ruled out medicine because I know I wouldn’t be good in a hospital. In the end I decided I would go for law,” he added.
Now that Simondo is now all set for a brighter future as a full-fledged lawyer, he admitted that he is still weighing his plans. He said, “I am open to position in public service but I really like corporate law. But I hear that corporate law practice here in Bacolod is limited.”
The topnotcher shared that whatever path he might take, he will always be committed in upholding the law. Simondo said, “I will do my utmost to promote justice in this country. At the end of the day we are still a nation of law and not of men. I will do my part in upholding the rule of law.”
You can watch the video from ANC 24/7 Facebook page:
"I felt that Philippines is where I should be." #BAR2017 topnotcher Mark John Simondo shares why he decided to take up law. #ANCRecap
Posted by ANC 24/7 on Thursday, April 26, 2018