THE 2018 Bar examinations that kicked off at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila yesterday was generally peaceful and orderly.
This as no untoward incident was reported inside and around the vicinity of the venue where 400 policemen were deployed to secure possibly the hardest licensure examination in the country.
Bar send-off operations were held by law schools, fraternities, sororities, academic organizations as well as families and friends for the examinees.
Banners, balloons and even religious images greeted the Bar hopefuls during the Bar operations.
Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo, chairman of this year’s SC Bar exams committee, met with law school deans for their traditional breakfast where they discussed the questions for the first day of the exams.
Associate Justice Marvic Leonen also visited the venue to inspect the security operations of the police and also to personally wish the examinees well.
“Eat well, sleep well. Don’t panic and take the exam one question at a time,” Leonen, former law dean of UP, told the examinees before the test.
Also the Manila City government imposed liquor ban within the 100-meter radius of UST and a “no parking” policy is implemented along España and Dapitan Streets during the conduct of the exams.
“No tent and tarpaulins” and “no loud music” policies at the vicinity of the venue are also imposed for the four-Sunday exams.
Medical personnel were also deployed for emergency situations.
For the first day of the four-Sunday licensure test, examinees faced political law in the morning and labor law in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, Malacañang is praying ardently for the success of all the aspiring lawyers who began yesterday to take their four successive Sundays Bar Examinations, a Palace official said.
In a statement yesterday, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said addressing some 9,000 Bar hopefuls, “As you take another step on the ladder of your legal career, we offer you our fervent prayers.”
Also, he wished all the Bar takers success to make their dreams in the legal profession come true.
“Whatever your background is, you, along with the expected 9,000 examinees, are all here for a common purpose, and that is, to make your dream come true by embarking a career in the legal profession.
“While this is certainly a test of your academic knowledge, it is likewise a yardstick of your calmness and courage under pressure,” he said.
“All these are, however, only requisites to the practice of law as the real challenge is upholding the integrity and dignity of the profession, amid all fascinations of the legal world, after you’ve taken your oaths and signed the rolls,” he added.
The Bar exam is set for four Sundays, starting yesterday at the University of Sto. Tomas.
“To our Bar candidates, study hard, believe in yourselves, and give it your best shot. We wish you all the best,” he added.