May 16, 2017 – The 18th Sangguniang Panlungsod of General Santos City, led by Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles saluted today 28 graduates of the Mindanao State University – College of Law General Santos City Extension who passed the 2016 Bar Exams.
During his privilege speech, Hon. Jose Edmar Yumang, an MSU-College of Law alumnus, praised the efforts of the students and the faculty of the college which yielded the college’s 57.14% passing rate.
Councilor Yumang described law school like a walk in a “Jurassic park” and highlighted how provincial law schools, mostly from Central Visayas, dominated the November 2016 Bar Exams, beating usual top-performing Manila law schools.
The 2016 Bar Passers from MSU-College of Law General Santos City Extension are: Virgilio Paolo Alconera, Lelanie Apitong, Beulah Apostol, Joseph Arguelles, Ailene Astilla, Jaspen John Bacongco, Erwin Bernales, Ronaisa Camendan, Dominique Christine Cariño, George Lyndon Cordero, Lech JB June Cosep, Albert Degin, Philip Carlo Delfin, Hillary Romeo Escobar II, Mary Grace Guanga, Kathrina Vanessa Hagoriles, Zosimo Lira, Jr., Elmero Matondo, Marie Jean Merañez, Cecilio Merced III, Aishettea Ace Moleño, Ryan Mark Santander, Nestoni Senarillos, Pauline Mae Sereniña, Achilles Windilen Tato, Stephany Velasco, Sharmagne Villacastin, and Renette Bergado.
Dr. Anshari Ali, secretary of MSU-College of Law General Santos City Extension, thanked the Sanggunian for its recognition and added that the college this year had the largest number of Bar passers since its establishment in 1992 - the number an addition to the 200-plus lawyers and MSU-College of Law alumni serving the public as judges, legal counsels, prosecutors, and private practitioners.
Councilor Lourdes Casabueña further commended the passers, adding that despite lacks in resources, they became lawyers with “determination, courage, and faith in God.
3,747 out of 6,344 applicants passed the 115th Bar exams held last November 2016 had 6,344 applicants, registering a 59.04% national passing rate, as news outlet Rappler reported.
- Hezekiah Kit Canlas