23 Bar passers from Ilocos Norte bared

*They are graduates of MMSU, NU, and other schools

*Local IBP head Constantino urges these new lawyers to practice law in the province

At least 23 law graduates who hail from Ilocos Norte (15 come from two local universities here and eight from other schools outside the province) were among the successful examinees who passed the 2019 Bar examination.

The Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City and Northwestern University in Laoag City congratulated their respective graduates for passing the recent Bar Exam whose names were posted in the said schools’ official Facebook page.

The new lawyers from MMSU are Atty. Joshua Agcaoili, Atty. Claudette de Lara, Atty. John Nico Lucero, Atty. May Encarmina Gaoiran, Atty. April Alviarne, Atty. Jerry Villegas, Atty. Myko Mendoza, Atty. Marvinson Dalayap, Atty. Michael Justine Baldugo, Atty. Von Pastor and Atty. Philip Garren Garvida.

The bar passers from NU are Atty. Pristine Amber C. Aurelio, Atty. Kathrine Jessica Calano, Atty. Jo Erika F. Marquez and Atty. Maria Louisa M. Que.

Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Ilocos Norte chapter president Atty. Bernie Francis Constantino welcomed the new lawyers to the fold of the IBP saying “you hurdled a tedious bar exam.”

He urged the new successful barristers to practice their profession in the province due to the dearth of private lawyers here.

The local IBP also announced the eight other bar passers who hail from Ilocos Norte but studied law in other schools, namely, Atty. Dyrol Cesnan Alcantara Agbayani, Atty. Imee Ruth T. Francisco, Atty. Althea Samantha A. Calvan, Atty. Joanna Marie G. Caraang, Atty. Kris Sarah M. Jeruta, Atty. Samantha Famae M. Feril, Atty. Lawrence Bullanday and Atty. Mia dela Cruz.

The Supreme Court posted the results of the 2019 Bar Exam online this year amid the prevailing quarantine and social distancing measures due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Ms. Mae Diane Azores of UST-Legazpi topped the exams with the highest overall rating of 91.0490%.

The Bar examinees tackled eight subjects for four consecutive Sundays last November 2019 such as Political Law and Labor Law, Civil Law and Taxation, Mercantile Law and Criminal Law, Remedial Law, and Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises. (IS)