2 priests among new lawyers

2 priests among new lawyers

By CBCP News

April 29, 2020

Manila, Philippines

Two Catholic priests are among the country’s new lawyers.

Fr. Victor De Guzman of the Diocese of San Fernando de La Union and Salesian Fr. Abundio Bacatan joined 2,103 law graduates who hurdled the 2019 Bar examinations.

Fr. De Guzman does not have any parish assignment at the moment after taking study leave due to the Bar exams.

Fr. Bacatan, meanwhile, is currently assigned at Don Bosco Dumangas in Iloilo province. Before his Iloilo assignment, he served as administrator at the Don Bosco Technical College in Labangon, Cebu City.

The priest is also said to be the first Filipino Salesian civil lawyer.

Last year’s Bar exams held at the University of Santo Tomas posted a passing rate of 27.36 percent out of 7,685 examinees, and higher than last year’s 22.07 percent.

UST-Legazpi graduate Mae Diane Azores was the topnotcher of the 2019 Bar exam.

Traditionally displayed on a large screen at the Supreme Court grounds in Manila, the exam results were posted online amid the strict quarantine measures to contain coronavirus.

Priests among bar passers

By CBCP News

April 26, 2018

Manila, Philippines

Fr. Romeo Dawaton.

Two priests were among the 1,724 who passed the 2017 Bar examinations.

Fr. Romeo Dawaton of the Apostolic Vicariate of Tabuk and Fr. Efren Bugayong of the Imus diocese hurdled the licensure test taken by more than 6,748 aspiring lawyers.

Bugayong, a doctor in Canon law, and Dawaton are both serving as chancellors in their respective dioceses.

Last year’s Bar exams held at the University of Santo Tomas posted a passing rate of 25.54 percent.

Oath taking for the new bar passers will be on June 1.