Irene Mae B. Alcobilla, a graduate of San Beda College of Law in Manila topped the 2014 Bar examinations, the results of which were announced on Thursday. The said result was released after the Special en banc session of the Supreme Court.
Three other graduates of the Benedictine-run institution made it to the Top 10.
Alcobilla got a rating of 85.5 percent, followed closely by Christian Drilon of Ateneo de Manila University who got 85.45 percent.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado M. Peralta, Chairperson of the 2014 Committee on the Bar Examinations, personally announced the results of the exams which was held in October last year at the University of Sto. Tomas in Manila.
According to Justice Peralta, a total of 1,126 of the 5,984 or 18.82 percent of those took the examinations passed. The passing grade was lowered to 73 percent, Peralta said.
Under the Rules of Court, a bar examinee is “deemed to have passed his examinations successfully if (he/she) has obtained a general average of 75 percent.” However, the Supreme Court en banc has the discretion to lower the passing grade, upon recommendation of the Committee Chairperson. For two consecutive years, the Court has lowered the passing grade; it was lowered to 70 percent for the 2012 Bar Examinations and to 73 percent for the 2013 Bar Examinations.
Peralta stressed that upon his recommendation, the SC en banc agreed to lower the passing grade to 73 percent.