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156 examinees pass 2022 Shari’ah Bar Examinations

One hundred and fifty-six out of 532 examinees (29.66%) passed the 2022 Special Shari’ah Bar Examinations held last March 20 and 22 at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, the Supreme Court, through the Office of the Bar Confidant (OBC), announced on July 26, 2022.

2022 Shari’ah Bar Examinations

According to 2022 Special Shari’ah Bar Examinations Chairperson Macrina A. Morados, Dean of the University of the Philippines Institute of Islamic Studies, the Supreme Court En Banc approved the Shari’ah Bar Committee’s petition to lower the passing percentage to 70%, taking into consideration the challenges and circumstances encountered by the examinees under extra-ordinary condition brought about by the pandemic.

The high court said among the ten passers in the 17th Special Shari’ah Bar Examinations are the following:

  1. Ambung, Maniri, Cayasalam C. (85.6250%)
  2. Curo, Norhasima S. (85.5250%)
  3. Laguindab, Aina L. (84.9000%)
  4. Mortaba, Nur-aima B. (83.9000%)
  5. Lantud, Norajannah D. (83.4500%)
  6. Barambangan, Hasmin M. (83.2750%)
  7. Ameril, Shaibani S. (83.0750%)
  8. Tawano, Abdul Raheem R. (82.9750%)
  9. Domadalug-Abdullah, Moumina Sheryne L. (82.4000%)
  10. Alioden, Mohammad Muzahim A. (82.1750%)

Dean Morados disclosed that the members of the Board of Examiners for the 2022 Special Shari’ah Bar Examinations are the following: Atty. Sha Elijah B. Dumama-Alba (Persons, Family Relations and Property), Counselor Sheikh Luqman Bin Usman Imam (Jurisprudence [Fiqh] and Customary Laws [Adat]), Atty. Mehol K. Sadain (Procedure in Shari’ah Courts), and Dean Abdulcader Ayo (Succession, Wills/Adjudication and Settlement of Estates).

Dean Morados expressed her gratitude to the Supreme Court for its trust and confidence on her and the Board of Examiners in the successful conduct of the latest Shari’ah Bar Exams.

She also thanked Supreme Court Justice Japar B. Dimaampao “for his unwavering support and guidance all throughout the conduct of the examinations.” Justice Dimaampao served as the Chairperson of the 2020 Special Shari’ah Bar Examinations when he was still an Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals.

Dean Morados likewise expressed gratitude to OBC Officer-in-Charge and Assistant Bar Confidant Atty. Amor P. Entila, to the OBC-Shari’ah Bar Task force, as well as to UP Chancellor Dr. Fidel Nemenzo for allowing the conduct of the Shari’ah Bar at the UP Diliman Testing Center free of charge and with the support of the deans of the various UP Colleges. The 17th Special Shari’ah Bar Examinations were simultaneously held at the College of Engineering, the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, and the School of Economics of UP Diliman. The examinations were previously conducted at the Court of Appeals in Manila.

Following is the list of examinees who passed the 2022 Shari’ah Bar Examinations.

1. ABAS, Princess Fahanna Azzisah G.

2. ABDUL, Junada D.

3. ABDULIAH, Asliah T.

4. ABDULLAR, Asmin P.

5. ABDULLAH, Einel Amarah M.

6. ABDULLAR, Jehan D.

7. ABDULLAR, Mohammad Yasin D

8. ABDULMALIK, Rofaidah. D.

9. ABDULRAHMAN, Rasad A.

10. ABINAL, Hafsa M.

11. ABUBACAR, Isnihaya I.

12. AGUAM, Sittie Aisah M.

13. ARAMAD, Putchoy S.

14. ALAMA-SALIWATO, Rosemia R.

15. ALAWI, Sahani A.

16. ALI, Abdul Hamid D.

17. ALI, Majeeda B.

18. ALI, Rohina P.

19. ALIBASIR, Najerah M.

20. ALIODEN, Mohammad Muzahim A.

21. ALO, Amania Janeena B.

22. ALONTO, Sonora M.

23. AMBUNG-MANIRI, Cayasalam C

24. AMERIL, Jasima M.

25. AMERIL, Shaibani S.

26. AMEROL, Anida B.

27. ANDIG, Mohammad Aladdin B.

28. ANGIN, Akimah H.

29. ANTAS, Mayrah D.

30. ARIMAO, Nashiba P.

31. ASHARY, Alaysa B.

32. ATI, Abdul Mahid M.

33. AYUNAN, Anisa Kim G.

34. BANGCOLA, Ashyanna Alexine Adia Amira-labi A.

35. BANSUAN, Jibril Ressan U,

36. BARAMBANGAN, Hasmin M.

37. BARAOCOR, Faridah C.

38. BATALO, Ryan M.

39. BATUGAN, Rasliah D.

10. BENASING, Sowaib M.

41. BENITO, Ashleya Princess B.

42. BENITO, Fatimah Khadejah M.

43. BENITO, Hanipa A.

44. BILANGATAO, Farhana P.

45. BISTON, Norodsan A.

46. BOTAWAN, Alaisah B.

47. CALACA, Shaliha Andierah R.

48. CAMAMA, Mohammad Emeer M.

49. CAMIM, Hamimah A,

50. CARIM, Rahma S.

51. CURO, Norhasima S

52. DALIDIG, Jaliah D.

53. DAYAAN, Norodin I.

54. DIMA-AMPAO, Aisah S

55. DIMAALI, Hainie A.

56. DIMAAMPAO, Jacharah M.

57. DIMALUTANG, Ameroden M.

58. DIMAPORO, Janifa M.

59. DIPANGAMPONG, Cairoden T.

60. DIRAMPATAN-SARIP, Shahani M.

61. DOMADALUG-ABDULLAk, Moumina Sheryne L.

62. GOPUNTAO, Haydami I

63. GUERRERO, Lorna A.

64. GURO, Sittie Hasmin G.

65. H. AMRANIE, Negrizah B.

66. HADJI, Ismael Johaira H.

67. HADJI SALIH, Zahiya B.

68. HADJI RASUL, Namerah B.

69. HADJI SATAR, Rawiah M.

70. HAJIRON, Fatima Nneka N.

71. HALID, Haimah A.

72. HASAN, Abdullah U,

73. HASSAN, Radiya I.

74. HASSAN-TAHIL, Normalynne J.

75. IBRAHIM, Isa L.

76. IBRAHIM, Naguie G.

77. IBRAHIM, Rasmodden M.

78. ISMAEL, Angcabae B.

79. JAUDDIN, Maryam Amina T.

80. KADU, Nadiah L.

81. KARON, Bai Febraidah S.

82. KASIM, Nidznalin I.

83. LAGUINDAB, Aina L.

84. LANTUD, Norajannah D.

85. LIM, Nur-ainee T.

86. LOMONDOT, Norlailah M.

87. MABANING, Norhaina M.

88. MACABANDO, Katrina S.

89- MACACUNA, Norol-ain S.

90. MACARAMBON, Sittyhaima K.

91. MACASAYON, Abdul Qyzr P.

92. MACASIMBAR, Hosnie M.

93. MACASINDIL, Alimar G.

94. MACOTE, Shahanie M.

95. MADUM, Raihana M.

96. MAGAPISA, Sittie Farisha D.

97. MAGONDACAN, Shariefia D.

98. MALAWI, Jamalodin P.

99. MAMA, Khamila M.

100. MAMALO, Sittie Almerah B.

101. MANALOCON, Rahima U.

102. MANGODA, Mohammad Ryan M.

103. MANGOMPIA-SAID, Hedjarah B

104. MANGORSI, Sittie Aisah T.

105. MAPANDI, Asliah G.

106. MAPANDI-PACASUM, Juhana A.

107. MASACAL, Laila P.

108. MASDAL, Alejar A.

109. MASTURA, Ashya S.

110. MAULANA, Umairah A.

111. MAUNTING, Salamat L.

112. MAUNTOL, Norhidaya G.

113. MORTABA, Nur-aima B.

114. MORTABA, JR., Tingcap S.

115. MUHAMMAD, Sha Aira G.

116. MUNDIG, Rofaidah E.

117. MURAKI, Omar L.

118. MUSA, Guizali S.

119. MUTIA, Abdul Azis A.

120. NOSKA, Pahmia P.

121. OMAR, Ansary A.

122. ONG, Chazee A.

123. PACA, Naizeyah G.

124. PALAWAN, Moh’d Sidic B.

125. PANDAPATAN, Sittie Hayamera C.

126. PANGANDAMAN, Noraleah R.

127. PANGGAGA, Sittie Apepah B

128, PIALAN, Alexander B.

129. POLANGI, Shalima A.

130. PUMBAYA, Jalina B.

131. PUMBAYA, Jamina B.

132. PUMBAYA, Nashiba A.

133. PUNO, Jalanie A.

134. RADIALAOT, Norminah D.

135. RADIAMODA, Nafisah HS.

136. RANGIRIS JR., Salem A.

137. ROMINIMBANG, Rayhanah M.

138. SADIC, Nadra B.

139. SAIPODEN, Albaida S.

140. SALEM, Aisah D.

141. SALIC, Saliha M.

142. SALIH, Yusop A.

143. SALIK, Hamsah A.

144. SAMPACO, Johara D.

145. SHARIEF JR., Salic A.

146. SOMERADO, Asliah S.

147. SUCOD, Norhana M.

148. SUMENSIL, Anwar T.

149. TABAO, Sittie Jehan A.

150. TAHA, Abdul Jabbar Y.

151. TANGCOR, Nahida T.

152. TAWANO, Abdul Raheem R.

153. TOCALO, Sittie Hedaya M.

154. TORRES, Rohaina D.

155. TUAN, Jihan D.

156. WEE, Fatima A,

Courtesy of the Supreme Court Public Information Office.

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Bar Exams

September 2023 Bar Exams: compressed in 3 days, reduced coverage, lesser testing sites

The 2023 Philippine Bar Exams will be held sometime in September 2023, compressed in 3 days, reduced coverage, and lesser testing sites.

This was disclosed by Supreme Court Associate Justice Ramon Paul L. Hernando, Chairperson of the 2023 Bar Examinations and Chairperson of the Court’s Committee on Bar Reforms, in his message during a meeting with Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS) on June 23, 2022 via zoom.

The 3-Day Exams will have the following schedule:

Day 1

Morning: Political Law and Public International Law
Afternoon: ​​​Labor Law and Social Legislation​

Day 2

Morning: Civil Law with Land Titles

Afternoon: Commercial Law with Taxation

Day 3

Morning: Remedial Law with Legal and Judicial Ethics and Practical Exercises

Afternoon: Criminal Law

There will be 20 essay questions, without sub-questions, for each Bar subject. There will be four examiners per Bar subject. Justice Hernando said that “entry level questions” will compose the examinations.

Commercial Law with Taxation will include basic taxation without computation of income tax. Tariff and Customs law are likewise excluded. Commercial Law will include Corporation Law, Insurance Law, Intellectual Property, General Banking Laws/BSP Charter and Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA), Foreign Investments Act and Amended Public Service Act. Negotiable Instruments Law is still excluded.

The entire syllabus for the 2023 Bar Examinations will be released on August 8, 2022.

Exact examination dates and intervals are yet to be determined when 2023 Bar Bulletins are released later this year.

With the early schedule of the 2023 Bar Exams, the bar result is projected to be released in November 2023. The Bar Oath-taking and Signing of the Roll of Attorneys will be done at the same time in December 2023. 

The 2023 Bar Exams will still be digitized but with lesser testing sites compared to 2020-2021 Bar Exams. Testing centers in NCR, Baguio, Cebu, and Davao will be maintained, while other locations will still be determined. 

Justice Hernando emphasized that Fourth Year in law school is catered mostly to review subjects and should already be a preparation for the Bar Exam itself. Accordingly, review centers should only be supplementary.

As early as January 2023, the candidates taking the Bar Exams for the first time may file their application to take the Bar Exams. The other documentary requirements available after graduation such as the official Transcript of Records (TOR) and Certificate of Good Moral Character will have a later date for submission. The date of application for repeater examinees will be determined on a later date, most likely after the 2022 Bar Exams result is released.

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Law School Buddy would like to acknowledge Dean Cecilio Duka, LEXplore, and Mich Lopez for this collective information. Thank you!

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Mandatory statutory benefits and privileges of PWD and Senior Citizens on purchases through online, phone, SMS

Guidelines on the provision of the mandatory statutory benefits and privileges of the Senior Citizens (SC) and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) on their purchases through online (e-commerce) and phone call/SMS were issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) along with other government agencies – a joint memorandum circular (JMC) specifying the guidelines on SC and PWD discounts on e-commerce.

Download the full JMC below

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Jurisprudence

Sobrejuanite-Flores vs. Pilando, Jr., GR No. 251816, November 23, 2021

SC Upholds Validity of Sec. 16(c) of the Rules Implementing the Philippine Psychology Act

From Supreme Court Media Release:

Underscoring the importance of the well-being and mental health of the Filipino people, the Supreme Court has upheld the interference of the State in the practice of psychology.

“Psychology involves the application of scientific methods to inquire into the biological, cognitive, affective, developmental, personality, social, cultural, and individual difference dimensions of human behavior. No one can deny that the competent practice of psychology is a legitimate objective of governmental effort and regulation,” emphasized the Court, as it unanimously declared not unconstitutional the provisions of Section 16(c) of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10029, or the Philippine Psychology Act of 2009.

The assailed provision granted a period for practitioners to register as psychologists without examination and crafted sufficient standards on who may avail the exemption measured in terms of educational attainment and work experience. Specifically, the law provides that applicants who have Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology may be registered without examination if they accumulated a “minimum of ten (10) years of work experience in the practice of psychology as a psychology” and “updated their professional education in various psychology-related functions.”

“We find no constitutional violation to pronounce void Section 16(c) of the IRR of RA No. 10029. Every administrative regulation has the force of law and has in its favor the presumption of validity. The regulation may be nullified only upon clear and unequivocal constitutional breach and not one that is speculative or argumentative,” said the Court in its Decision penned by Justice Mario V. Lopez.

The case stemmed from the petition for review certiorari filed by Florentina Caoyong Sobrejuanite-Flores assailing the May 21, 2019 Decision of the Court of Appeals, which upheld the validity of the administrative regulation and  affirmed the factual findings of the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) and the Board of Psychology (BOP) that petitioner Florentina was not qualified to avail the exemption, or to register with as psychologist without examination pursuant to the assailed Section 16(c) provisions.

The IRR of RA No. 10029, approved on November 28, 2012, provides a window period for registration without examination for psychologists within three years after the creation of the BOP, or until May 21, 2015.

On May 7, 2015, Florentina applied for registration as a psychologist without examination but the BOP rejected her application on the ground that she had insufficient work experience and had not updated her professional education. Aggrieved, Florentina appealed to the PRC, which also denied her appeal for her failure to substantiate her claim that she worked as a psychologist for a minimum accumulated period of 10 years and for her failure to update her professional education. She elevated her case to the CA, but her appeal was also denied.

In the case at bar, the Supreme Court stressed that Florentina is not assailing the propriety of the Section 16 of RA No. 10029 on registration without examination but only the validity of Section 16(c) of its IRR.

The Court held that RA No. 10029 satisfied the completeness test and standard test which renders valid the delegation of legislative powers.

The Court noted that the completion of at least 100 hours of updating workshops and training programs under Section 16(c) of the IRR of RA No. 10029 can hardly be considered oppressive, as argued by Florentina. It stressed that “[t]he practice of psychology inherently entails the employment of current and effective approaches well-adaptive to the dynamic, evolving, and complex facts of human behavior. To consider the required updating workshops and training programs as onerous would condone a lackluster desire of the part of psychologists to harness their craft and develop their expertise.”

The Court added that the assailed proviso “is not in conflict with the equal protection clause which simply provides that all persons or things similarly situated should be treated in a similar manner, both as to rights conferred and responsibilities imposed.

Furthermore, the Court held that the same “emanates from the valid exercise of police power to prescribe regulations that may interfere with personal liberty or property to promote the general welfare of the people.”

Aside from not finding any constitutional violation, the Court agreed with the CA, the PRC, and the BOP that petitioner Florentina is not qualified to avail of the exemption. It noted that Florentina’s claim that she worked since 1980 as a school psychologist, counselling psychologist, industrial psychologist, and migrant psychologist was unsubstantiated.

Records revealed that Florentina started working as a psychologist only in March 2004 or for a period of six years and two months from the effectivity of the law on June 2, 2010. Hence, she was not qualified to avail of the exemption as stated in the assailed Section 16(c).

Justice Marvic M.V. F. Leonen wrote a separate concurring opinion.

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SC Calls for #GetThatBAR2022 Personnel in 14 Testing Centers

Media Release from the Office of the Bar Confidant, July 18, 2022

Similar to the 2020/21 Bar Examinations, the 2022 Bar Examinations will also be both digitalized and localized in its modality. The current plan is to hold the Bar Examinations in November 2022, simultaneously in fourteen (14) Local Testing Centers (LTC) nationwide. The specific testing areas are still being finalized.

To ensure the success of the 2022 Bar Examinations, the OBC, together with Associate Justice Benjamin S. Caguioa, the Bar Examinations Chairperson, would like to invite judiciary employees and lawyers working outside the Judiciary to participate in this year’s Bar Examinations as Local Bar Personnel.

Interested applicants must possess ALL of the following qualifications:

(a) incumbent judiciary employee, including those with permanent, coterminous, casual, and contractual status, OR lawyer outside the Judiciary;
(b) fully vaccinated and have received at least one (1) booster dose before October 15, 2022;
(c) not teaching in any law school or law review centers;
(d) have a LandBank account in one’s own name (for judiciary employees only); and
(e) have no relative/s by consanguinity or affinity within the fourth (4th) civil degree who will take the exam in the same testing center where the personnel will serve.

Interested applicants may apply as Local Bar Personnel, particularly as (1) Floor Supervisors, (2) Head Proctors, (3) Proctors, and (4) Runners through the links or QR codes below. Their duties and responsibilities, as well as the minimum qualification for each position, are indicated in the attached document. The deadline of applications is on August 22, 2022.

FOR JUDICIARY EMPLOYEES AND LAWYERS OUTSIDE THE JUDICIARY: Please note that interested judiciary employees and lawyers may only apply in the region where they are currently residing.

NCR http://bit.ly/2022BarPersonnelNCR
Luzon http://bit.ly/2022BarPersonnelLuzon
Visayas http://bit.ly/2022BarPersonnelVisayas
Mindanao http://bit.ly/2022BarPersonnelMindanao

For this purpose, the OBC has been authorized by the Bar Chairperson to take charge of the selection, training, and deployment of all Bar Personnel in the different testing centers.

We are grateful in advance for your assistance. Should you have any queries or concerns regarding Bar Personnel matters, you may contact the OBC at bar2022personnel@gmail.com or (0966) 319-1105. For ease of documentation and reference, kindly copy furnish barexams2022@judiciary.gov.ph in all email communications

Below is a copy of the note issued by the OBC.

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Bill to amend Revised Penal Code and decriminalize libel

ACT Teachers Party-list, GABRIELA Women’s Party, and KABATAAN Party-list file House Bill 1769 on July 16 seeking to amend Revised Penal Code and decriminalize libel

Republic of the Philippines
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Batasan Hills, Quezon City

NINETEENTH CONGRESS
First Regular Session

HOUSE BILL No, 1769

Introduced by ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. FRANCE L. CASTRO, GABRIELA Women’s Party Rep. ARLENE D. BROSAS, and KABATAAN Party-List Rep. RAOUL DANNIELA, MANUEL

AN ACT DECRIMINALIZING LIBEL, REPEALING FOR THE PURPOSE ARTICLES 353, 354, 355, 356, 357, 360, 361, AND 362 OF ACT NO. 3815 AS AMENDED, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE REVISED PENAL CODE

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled

SECTION 1. Articles 353, 354, 355, 356, 357, 360, 361, and 362 of Act No. 3815 as amended, otherwise known as the Revised Penal Code are hereby repealed, thereby decriminalizing Ibel,

SEC. 2. Repealing Clause. – All laws, presidential decrees, letters of instruction, and other issuances, orders, rules and regulations inconsistent With this Act are hereby likewise repeal

SEC. 3. Effectivity Clause. – This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in two (2) national newspapers of general circulation.
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July 16, 2022

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The Revised Model Curriculum of the Basic Law Program

LEB Memorandum Order NoIn line with the authority granted to the Legal Education Board (LEB) by Republic Act No. 7662 entitled the “Legal Education Reform Act of 1993” to prescribe basic curricula for a law course, and the corresponding Resolution of the Board En Banc dated 29 June 2021 the Revised Model Curriculum for the basic law program is hereby adopted. Download LEB Memorandum Order No. 24 below:. 24