MANILA Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada toured the University of Santo Tomas (UST) campus on Sunday morning to check on security preparations for the start of this year’s Bar examinations.
Estrada said he was not leaving anything to chance as he also deployed some 400 personnel of the Manila Police District (MPD) to ensure the orderly holding of the examinations for aspiring lawyers.
The city government enforced a liquor ban around the university’s perimeter before dawn on Sunday. The liquor ban will be strictly implemented during all the four Sundays of October, when the examinations will be held.
Estrada wanted to avoid the repeat of an incident four years ago when unruly and unknown suspected fraternity members hurled a grenade amid street revelries along Taft Avenue near De La Salle University in Manila, on the last day of examinations, injuring at least 35 people.
Prior to the enforcement of the liquor ban, loud and rowdy celebrations during Bar exams are traditionally held as supporters of the examinees try to boost their morale through loud cheers that oftentimes result in unruly street merrymaking.
Based on the Supreme Court’s records, 6,344 would-be lawyers are taking this year’s examinations that started on Sunday, with almost half of the examinees, or 49.1 percent, taking it for the first time.
The subjects for the day’s examinations were Political Law and Public International Law in the morning and Labor Law and Social Legislation in the afternoon.
For this year’s examinations, the essay portion counts for 80 percent. The rest are multiple-choice questions.
All electronic gadgets and communication devices are not allowed while taking the exams.