Palace says new lawyers are welcome to join government

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  • Palace has invited the new lawyers to join government service
  • Roque said their idealism and competence are welcome in the Duterte administration
  • He also revealed the next Deputy Spokesperson could come from the new Bar passers

MANILA, Philippines  –  The Malacañang Palace has congratulated the 2017 Bar passers and urged the new lawyers to join government service and help in “creating genuine reforms for the nation”.

At the press briefing on Thursday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said he is hoping these new lawyers would pursue a career in government; saying their idealism and competence are welcome in the current administration.

“Having been a professor for 15 years of law, we’d like to congratulate in advance and wish everyone, all the barristers good luck on this year’s bar exam,” said Roque.

“We hope that many of our country’s new lawyers would pursue a career in government so that they may take part in helping us with our shared goal of creating genuine reforms for the nation. Your idealism, integrity and competence are most welcome under the current administration,” he added.

Roque also revealed the next Deputy Spokesperson could come from the new set of lawyers, but declined to name the person.

The Bar examination result for 2017 was released on Thursday by the Supreme Court.

Out of the 6,748 hopefuls, only 1,724 examinees passed for a passing rate of 25.55 percent.

The bar topnotchers is led by Mark John H. Simondo of the University of St La Salle Bacolod who got 91.05%. He is followed by Christianne Mae C. Balili of the University of San Carlos (90.8%); Camille B. Remoroza of the Ateneo de Davao University (90.7%); Ivanne D’Laureil I. Hisoler of the University of San Carlos (89.55%); and Monica Anne T. Yap of the San Beda College Manila (89.45%).

Rounding up the Top 10 are Lorenzo Luigi T. Gayya of the University of Santo Tomas (89.1%); Rheland S. Servacio of the Univerity of San Carlos (89%); Krizza Fe P. Alcantara-Bagni of the St Mary’s University (88.9%); Algie Kwillon B. Mariacos of the San Beda College Manila (88.9%); Klinton M. Torralba of University of Santo Tomas (88.65%); and Emma Ruby J. Aguilar of University of Santo Tomas (88.4%).

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