The first of the four-Sunday 2016 Bar examinations kicked off yesterday morning at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila with 6,831 law graduates earlier qualified to take the tests administered yearly by the Supreme Court.
Justice Presbitero J. Velasco Jr., chairperson of the 2016 Bar examinations committee, said there was no untoward incident inside and the immediate vicinity of the UST compound.
Velasco said he has requested the Manila Police District to impose strict security inside and around the vicinity of the UST during the examination days.
Aside from the MPD, the Philippine National Police and its K-9 units, the National Bureau of Investigation, and the Philippine Coast Guard also provided security.
A liquor ban has been imposed within 100 meters from the UST campus.
The last three Sundays of the examinations will be held on November 13, 20, and 27.
The SC Public Information Office said that of the 6,831 law graduates who were qualified to take the examinations, 3,317 are first-timers while 3,514 are repeaters.
Yesterday’s examinations covered Political and Public International Law in the morning and Labor Law and Social Legislation in the afternoon.
Six other subjects in the next three Sundays will be on Civil Law, Taxation, Criminal Law, Remedial Law, Mercantile Law, and Legal and Judicial Ethics.
Road closures and traffic re-routing during the Bar examination days have been implemented by the Manila District Traffic Enforcement Unit. (Rey G. Panaligan)