Question on Sereno son’s bar grade spooks SC exec

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The spokesperson for the Supreme Court on Thursday bristled at an Inquirer inquiry about the grade the son of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno got in the 2012 bar examination.

The court announced the results of the bar exam on Wednesday.

The next day, the Inquirer asked the court’s spokesman, lawyer and former UP law professor Theodore Te, if he knew the grade of Jose Lorenzo Sereno, who was one of the 949 examinees who passed the exam.

Te told the Inquirer by text message that the information was “personal.”

“[W]ith due respect, that should not be in the news. Let’s give the guy a break,” Te said.

Ericta case

Explaining its interest in the grade of the Chief Justice’s son, the Inquirer reminded Te of the 1982 Ericta case.

“It has no similarity to the Ericta case and even the insinuation, without nothing to back it up, is uncalled for,” Te replied.

The case involved the son of former Supreme Court Associate Justice Vicente Ericta whose grade was changed to enable him to pass the 1981 bar exam.

Then Chief Justice Enrique Fernando admitted that he allowed the rechecking of the bar exam results for Ericta’s son Gustavo.

Gustavo Ericta’s grade in mercantile law was changed from 56 percent to 58 percent, allowing him to hit the 73 percent passing rate.

Resignations

The disclosure of the grade fixing led to a scandal that forced the Supreme Court justices, including Fernando, to resign.

But days after the resignations, President Ferdinand Marcos swore them in again, except for Ericta and Justice Ramon Fernandez, who were found to be responsible for the grade fixing.

The 2012 bar exam saw the lowest number of passers in 13 years, with only 949 of the 5,343 examinees making it.

Tradition

Supreme Court Associate Justice Martin Villarama Jr., who chaired the 2012 exam committee, said the court decided to lower the passing grade from 75 percent to 70 percent, following its tradition of lowering the passing mark every year.

Had the court not lowered the passing grade, the original passing rate for the 2012 exam would have been 6.76 percent, or only 361 examinees would have passed.

Villarama said the court lowered the passing grade because the passing percentage for labor and social legislation, criminal law and remedial law turned out to be low.

Villarama said he believed the low grades were a result of the multiple choice questions in the exam, which he found “confusing” because the choices seemed to be all correct.

Spirit of Lent

He said the court, “following history,” was liberal this year.

But the lowering of the passing grade was also made “in the spirit of the Lenten season,” he said.

Chief Justice Sereno inhibited herself from Wednesday’s full-court session because her son was one of the bar examinees.

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio presided over the session.

For the 2013 bar exam, which will be chaired by Associate Justice Arturo Brion, the Supreme Court allowed 20 percent to be  multiple choice questions and the rest, in essay form, Villarama said.

 First posted 12:03 am | Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

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  • TEAM PNOY

    Now, I think there is a need to tell the people about the grades of the son of the CJ.

    • Jr Derha

      personal.. like sa prc,, confi n personal…. think kau

    • Hornbook

      Why are you so interested to know? The CJ’s son is a private citizen.

      Would you release your son’s/daughter’s exam results in public?

      • TEAM PNOY

        Well, he is a private person with a mom who is the chief justice of the SC of the Philippines. I want to know if it is because of him that the SC decided to lower the passing from 75% to 70%. If not, then there is nothing to hide. If you insist that it is personal, then there is something fishy. Kung ordinary citizen ang mom niya and no influence sa SC, then we dont mind. Yong mom nya SC CJ, may influence sa SC bar result. We just want to check if she is clean.

  • msmakabayan

    Naku naman? I’ve gone through some qualifying exams before and it’s always the case that multiple choice questions appear to have all good answers. Exam questions such as these have been reviewed, tested and approved by an authoritative body. How can they not see this from the start. They are not stupid people. Come on, this smells fishy. A drop from 75-70 is huge considering that you are passing people who are supposed to uphold the law!

    • Hornbook

      But a qualifying exam is not comparable to the Bar Exam. Are you aware that it’s not even stardardised. “Specifically, the 2012 version consisted of 60% multiple choice questions, with the remaining 40% essay questions.” This year it will revert back to essay (80 %) and multiple-type questions (20 %).

      They are definitely not stupid. Imagine a passing rate of ONLY 17.76%, or 949 passers out of 5,686 examinees!

    • ARIKUTIK

      ‘Supposed to uphold the law ? Isa pa etong abogogo to the bones. How to circumvent the law, Donk ! …. maka sibat na nga lang…. byeee ….law twister !

    • leomar101

      Next year ay ibalik na ulit yan sa 75. Ang dahilan bakit ibalik? sapagkat maraming nagreklamo at ang anak ni CJ ay pumasa na. hahahahaha.

  • Rogers Nelson Uy

    ito talagang penoy gobyerno, pababa ng pababa ang standard. Bagsak malamang yang anak nyan kaya me adjustment. hay..kawawang tuwid na daan papuntang bangin

    • ernievictory

      hoi supot, anu na naman tsismis yan .? kung wala kang ebidensya , manahimik ka na lang . bweseeeeet…….

      • akongednamzug

        Hoy hindi supot si RogersNelson Uy, amerikano yan kaya baby pa lang yan tinuli na. Ang problema noong tinuli siya nagupit pati ulo ng etet niya.

  • mawalanggalangpo

    What about improving the bar exam questions instead of changing the passing grade ? It is said that the matching type test in the most recent exam was confusing or tricky. Does that not raise questions on the bar exam’s test questions validity and reliability ? Would the criteria for tests and measurements’ validity and reliability in education not apply in bar exams? Changing the passing grade every now may weaken not only the credibility but also the prestige of the bar. Or did they do it as a way of invalidating the multiple test type? Just my two cents.

    • Hornbook

      It’s not the bar exam questions. It’s the format. No worries Bar Exam Reform is already in the works. Hopefully, we get an even better result this year.
      If I’m not mistaken this is only the second time the passing grade was adjusted to 75%. Afterall, 2012 passing rate is the second lowest in the history.

      Our Supreme Court is fair.

      • WoBushi

        Blimey, you must be kidding with your sunglasses on.

      • Anqui

        YOU MEANT “TO 70%” HB.

    • tarikan

      I don’t know if the PH Supreme Court employs professionals (not necessarily lawyers) who are experts in administering examinations. Of course with the guidance of the SC justices. SC justices are presumed very bright lawyers but perhaps some if not most are not very good in articulating questionnaires.

      • $44479964

        I don’t know if the SC hires professionals who are experts in test constructions

    • sowhatifimfilipino

      Agreed. Make better exam questions instead of lowering the standards of the exam. What kind of lawyers would we have if they keep lowering the passing score. Jeez.

      • observer1356

        Well, in the future, we will have lawyers who got correct answers at 1% of 100% — eventually.
        Of course, zero might not be uncommon by then… he he he

  • Islander

    So, let me clarify the SC practice. The SC conducts an exam, checks the scores of the examinees, and only then will it set the passing bar?!? Unusual and curious. It is like having a marathon race and only after everybody finished running will the judges agree on where the finish line should have been.

    And we to rely on these guys and gals to adjudicate the legality of the RH Law?

    • Hornbook

      The passing grade of the Bar Exam is “set” at 75%. Had the SC not lower the passing grade to 70% only 6.76% or 361 out of 5,686 examinees would have passed.

      Hence, the SC took a liberal decision to adjust the passing grade to 75%, as a result 17.76%, or 949 passers out of 5,686 examinees passed.

      There is nothing irregular in making this adjustment as it is well within the SC’s power to do so.

      Bear in mind the bar exam is not standardised. You can’t compare last year’s result to this year. It is arguably the most difficult professional exam you can ever take, I was told.

      The runners were aware of the finish line even before they start the gruelling race of the legal profession. To suggest otherwise is ignorance.

      • Islander

        Thus the query of the grade of the CJ’s son is relevant. Given that the actual grade is confidential, all the Filipino public wants to know is if he passed before or after the adjustment?

        By the way, I am not questioning the SC’s prerogatives. It certainly has all the legal discretion. Gee, it can even lower the bar so low such that everybody passes. It is not illegal to do so, because, come to think of it, who can declare the SC illegal anyway? But the question is that is it proper and ethical to massage the passing line as they see fit? On what basis did they decide on 70%? Why not 71% or 69%? Is it all just based on whim?

      • Hornbook

        How did it become relevant when the passing grade is adjusted to 70%. You’re not suggesting he did get lower than 70% are you?

        I repeat CJ’s son is a private citizen. We have no business in knowing his grade.

      • Islander

        I am suggesting that he could have gotten 70.1%, thus the SC, in its kindness, lowered the bar to 70.0%. If you are the SC PR person, you should have heard about the Ericta case.

      • Hornbook

        I don’t know why the SC Justices arrived at 70% from 75% I find it logical. It’s not like a clothe’s price tag at 69.99%. 71% would be a little weird. Why not 73% the list goes on. I will not worry too much about it.

        Defininitely proper, ethical and in fact reasonable. They have just changed the bar exam format in 2012. Sort of like an experiment, if you will.

        I would still prefer to have 17.76%, or 949 passers out of 5,686 examinees passing the bar versus a meager 6.76% 361 bar passers without the adjustment of passing grade to 70%.

      • speaksoftlylove

        “They have just changed the bar exam exam format in 2012.”

        Were did you get your preceding statement? Nanghuhula ka lang o nagisisinungaling ka?

        The Supreme Court changed the format from purely essay type into objective type in 1989 without informing the bar examinees beforehand. I know this for a fact because I was one of the bar examinees. And this became a tradition. Mabuti nga yanbg kumuha noong nakaraang bar exams ay alam na nila, pero kami noon nagulat na lang. Another tradition is that the Supreme Court do away with automatic disqualification that is, if you got a grade lower than 75% in one subject you will still pass the bar if your AVERAGE RATING in all subjects, is not lower than 75%.

        However, never did the Supreme Court lower the passing grade of 75% until now just to accommodate Sereno’s son. Gising at wag kang magimbento ng kwento.

      • ARIKUTIK

        Abogogo daw siya … aaarrrggghhh…… kakaunti na nga lang ang pumasa, pagta talunan pa ! Maawa naman kayo sa mga mag aaral at magulang nila. Maano bang papasahin na lang lahat.

        Bakit kailangan ba ng talino para maging abogogo. Sina Corona at Sereno matalino ba ? eeeewwwww…. utak nila pang grade 1 section 13 repeater. Narinig ko ang laman ng utak nila, mga god blessed daw ….ahahaha…. ampaw na cocoNuts head.

  • boybakal

    UP law professor Theodore Te told the Inquirer by text message that the information was “PERSONAL.”

    Funny…more appropriate than Personal….Confidential.

    • beerhunters

      you’re right! you got him!

  • carlos1968

    Passing mark was lowered for two reasons: 1.) passing percentage…turned out to be low; (meaning, they wanted more examinees to ‘make it’ or, pass the test!); 2.) “…in the spirit of the lenten season”. Really?!? This is f–ked up! What a shame! Time will come when all that’s needed to pass this bar exam is “did you bring your pencil…?” “Ok, you made it. You’re a liar, I mean, a lawyer now.” Wow Philippines!

  • fache

    Now lowering the passing grade makes the title from lawyer to “Amalayer”

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    In the interest of transparency, the Supreme Court must reveal the grade of CJ Sereno’s son Lorenzo. After all, this is not the first time CJ Sereno caught herself in a controversy involving nepotism. From 2010 to 2011, the then Associate Justice Sereno pulled strings to hire her daughter Maria Sophia Sereno as a Judicial Head Staff in the Supreme Court despite the daughter’s lack of prior experience. In fact, this artsy-fartsy daughter of CJ Sereno had been bumming around for quite some time before mommy got her employed. Furthermore, the bumming daughter of CJ Sereno aimlessly spent around 7 years to finish her undergrad, which did not escape the notice of Supreme Court staff at that time. Ultimately, CJ Sereno’s unqualified daughter had to quit because she couldn’t handle the job anymore. Recently, CJ Sereno finally found a job for her daughter in Melbourne Australia. Not bad for a bum, who can always fall back on her mommy Chief Justice to pull strings and spread out the safety net. Same goes for CJ Sereno’s son Lorenzo, who officially passed the bar under dubious circumstances.

    If we allow CJ Sereno to hide behind the veil of the high tribunal’s so-called dignified silence, there will be more anomalies in the Supreme Court in the future. If we do not hold CJ Sereno’s feet to the fire and hold her accountable, CJ Sereno will become another monster just like Corona before her.

    • ernievictory

      hoi tsongo , ano’ng dubious circumstances ang kinakalat mo dyan ? mag jackol ka na lang kung wala kang magawa

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        I will do that later. Truth and Justice first, before self-gratification.

      • speaksoftlylove

        Cheers to that.

        And, invite ernia para di masayang.

      • ARIKUTIK

        Now you prove yourself to be good enough for > What a Moron ! nya…..hahaha…..

    • WAUNAKEE

      Giving you weder-Weder Lang my benefit of the doubt, the Inquirer should report on what you posted above. You opened the can for them thus it’s Inquirer’s turn to dig out to know if the can’s contents are clean or not!

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        fair enough.

    • Marx Louis Wang

      Malaki galit mo kay CJ S. kasi siguro kampi kay dating Thief CJ C. “For transparency” whatever, kapag may nailawan ka na matindi paki report na nga.

      • Concur_Dissent

        Kaya gumugulo pilipinas dahil sa mga tulad nyang c weder2.. Nauuna sa balita na merong nagaganap na milagro kahit na walang issue. Ang unang pipiyok na asso justice dyan ay mga kalaban ni cjs na mas senior sa kanya na gusto ring maging cj…. Pagkakataon yan na patalsikin si cjs kung talagang may scandalo dyan

    • Concur_Dissent

      Anong transparency pingkakalat mo dyan! Personal information yan! Unless may kaso laban sa kanya, walang taong may karapatan na ibulgar ang grades nya! Gusto mo transparency at the expense of injustice to due process? Nasisiraan ka ba iho?

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        e bakit ang mga top notchers, were their grades published in the front pages of all newspapers with their prior consent?

      • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

        Babaw mu!!!! Sige isuggest mo na lahat ng pangalan na nababanggit sa dyaryo at radyo ay ihingi ng consent.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/AEBQI5ZIKWWO772AQEVZLNALMY Bong

        Yes. Ipublish mo mnga grde mo sa PNPA kun pulis ka talaga?

      • tarikan

        Pre, kung ako man ang isa sa bar topnotchers kahit i-publish pa sa lahat ng diaryo pati komiks or i-announce sa tv, radyo, tweeter, fb, you-tube, etc., I won’t fu**ing mind! Kahit pag-usapan pa ako sa tv talk show ng isang taon, I still won’t fu**ing mind.

      • Concur_Dissent

        pag bagsak dyahe diba? Bagsak na, kalat pa sa buong mundo!

      • wangad onlee

        tamakajan. kung ako ay topnotcher manews ako sa lahat ng mundo big plus sa akin kasi free advertizment yan. kung ako ay pasang awa lang tama na ang malaman ng buong sankatauhan na ako ay nakapasa. the important thing is all bar passers are addressed the same once they have taken oath…ATTORNEY.

      • kismaytami

        Pasado nga eh, bakit pa kailangang itago yung grado? Wala namang nakakakahiya sa grado kung pasado naman. Unless, may bahong nagsisimula nang umalingasaw.

      • Simplify1

        Kung may aalingasaw na baho kay cjsereno, unang magmamadali na magpapaputok dyan si justice carpio at mga ibang justices na naunahan ni sereno sa position ng CJ…. Gandang pagkakataon yan para sa kanila na mapatalsik si serano

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        dami magaling dito kaya dito na ako sa comment ko mag reply.

        ang issue dito ay kung ang grades ba ay confidential or hindi. pwede ba namang selective ang application? pag topnotcher, ok, kung hindi, confidential na.

        tapos pag pulis ang naging selective sa application ng batas, e angal kayo ng angal!

        desisyunan nyo na kung ang grades ba ay confidential or hindi. tapos!

    • speaksoftlylove

      The bar examination results, ,much more the sudden change or lowering
      of passing rating is supposed to be confidential. Therefore there is no
      doubt in my mind thst one of the disgusted bar examiners or one of the
      members of the Supreme Court leaked this issue.

      More importantly, the person who leaked this issue is motivated to expose
      that such sudden change of SC bar examination policy is geared to
      accommodate Sereno’s son who seemingly got a grade lower than 75%.

      Finally, there is no doubt in mind that Sereno herself knows the whole story.
      Meron na tayong pruweba na mahjilig magpalusot si Sereno. Biruin mong
      gumawa ng pekeng resolution at lantarang ipinangalandakan na approved
      daw ng Supreme Court en banc? Yon lang bar exams ang di kayang palusutan
      ni Sereno, aber?

      • Simplify1

        mahilig mag pa;usot yung amo mong si corona!! katunayan talsik na siya kahit na anong sabihin mo!

    • eirons1043

      Mr. weder-weder your opinion sounds like tiglao-tiglao who perceives that all pro Tuwid Boys appointees are always- always wrong-wrong. Anyway you may be right on his cabinet who are always sablay-sablay like-like the rich boy mar and his protege’ in the DOTC.

    • louie

      Let’s say her daughter was not really qualified for that position and obviously hiring her has a tinge of nepotism but i think it’s unfair to judge her capability given the fact that she have spent 7 years in undergrad studies. It can be considered in evaluating her but it’s really wrong to judge her character because of that. There are many reasons why a student extends his stay in college.

      • Simplify1

        simply saying ang daming mas qualified and deserving a senate seat than nancy who really has not done anything to show that she is worthy of representing pinoys in the senate. Can you say anything that nancy did that shows that she will make a difference in the senate?

      • louie

        if you reread again my comment, I’m not talking about nancy binay.

      • Simplify1

        My apologies….

    • anton kinuton

      taga-supreme court ka, malamang ikaw yung hindi pinili kaya masama ang loob mo. ang sama mo.

  • kontra_boohaya

    It’s PERSONAL and it stinks! The bar exam is so subjective. In turn, there is not a solid passing score, bar, per se. Gaya ng passing score, ang integridad din kaya ng mga abogado e “movable” din- depende, of course, sa….alam niyo na.

    • Barak_O

      if this is of any hint

      lawyers in the phils

      are better appropriately called

      fixers

      they will fix anything

      if you pay so

      according to law

  • joerizal

    Why not lower the passing mark to zero? That way, all the idiots and lazy oafs who did not prepare for the bar exams will pass. We will then be inundated with moron lawyers who will send the Philippines to hell in a hand basket (it may already be there anyway).

    • Barak_O

      wrong

      passing marks are marks other than zero

      proof by contradiction:

      if the passing mark is zero

      a passer will pass

      without doing the act of passing

      therefore he is not a passer

      this is a paradox

      therefore passing marks are marks other than zero

      better luck next time joe

      • joerizal

        For you I’ll raise it to 1 so your brain will work…a little. Try harder next time o-bum-a

      • Barak_O

        he he he he

        you can’t change anything after

        you’re already pwned

        did you go through my elegant proof?

        or it’s hard for you?

        joerizal, the rizal who doesn’t pass

        hmnnn

        change it to joecainta

        better

      • joerizal

        I can’t blame you for living in your own delusion because I was never mandating anything. It was called an opinion and your proof is not even called a proof. To do nothing means you are not even attempting to take the test, so you can’t even surpass the zero passing mark because you were never there. Get it? You lose by default. I’m sure you don;t play sports because you can’t tell the difference. O-Bum-Ah…and btw, nagpakalbo ka na ba? hindi ka pa rin kasi nakakatawa. Next time come up with a better argument, but for you the passing is 1, which I’m sure you’ll still fail with your 0 IQ.

      • Barak_O

        i think by now you realized the utter stupidity of your question

        why not lower the passing mark to zero?

        even more stupid is that you provided consequent scenarios

        should it happen

        had your name been joecainta i’ll wouldn’t notice it’s there

        but coming from one joerizal?

        tsk tsk tsk

        there should be a rule on what names to use

        the original persons are being misrepresented

      • joerizal

        I pity you for struggling in trying to use big words especially when they don’t fit in to your bumbling reasoning. Your arguments are as pointless as your IQ of zero and there’s no use arguing with an imbecile. Magpakalbo ka muna Barak O-bum-a para matawa kami…pareho nga kayo ng utak ng idol mo…walang laman..lol

      • Barak_O

        may pity ka pang nalalaman he he he he

        once more with feelings from joe cainta

        why not lower the passing mark to zero?

        bwa ha ha ha ha

        and you did it again

        iq of zero

        it is not possible in concept, you need proof?

        classic case of somebody using words he doesn’t understand

        just like posters using names they just think are cool

      • joerizal

        Eto ha huli na ha…magpakalbo ka muna para matawa naman kami. Sobrang corny mo eh.

      • Barak_O

        it’s beyond your understanding

        but you were pwned bigtime

        and that is very hilarious

        til next pwnage joe

        yer a$$ is mine

        hawr hawr hawr hawr

        lolz

      • joerizal

        O sige na matigil ka lang. Baka maiyak ka lang eh. Pakalbo ka next time para matawa kami dito.

      • Barak_O

        lame

        i always laugh reading

        the lamest question in history

        why not lower the passing mark to zero?

        bwa ha ha ha ha

      • joerizal

        kalbo ka na ba? hindi pa siguro. Sayang naman ang patawa mo, di nakakatawa. Para sa yo, passing mark talaga ay zero. Hirap talaga kausan ng Barak-O-Baliw.

      • Barak_O

        obviously you came back for more a$$ spanking

        people are laughing at you joecainta

        coz somebody using the name rizal

        doesn’t know logic

        such irony

        and your replies are ghey and lame

        magpakalbo ka para di ka na pagtawanan

        bwa ha ha ha ha

      • joerizal

        Barak-O-Baliw talagang nagpapatawa di naman kalbo. Matagal na kitang binara ayaw mo lang aminin kasi nga zero ang IQ mo. Ogag.

      • Barak_O

        nya ha ha ha

        binara na pala ako ni joecainta

        again again again

        zero iq is not possible

        with your limited reasoning ability

        it’s fair to say your iq is 50 maximum

        that’s why you masked it

        with your username joecainta

        unfortunately it exposes you

        lolz at joecainta

      • joerizal

        Barak-O-Baliw nabaliw na talaga. Wala na ngang IQ nagpipilit pang mag-reasoning, hahaha. Mukhang wala kang makausap kaya sarili mo na lang ang kinakausap mo. Talagang ikaw lang ang may ZERO IQ kaya magpakalbo ka para naman matawa kami.

  • quirinomayer

    As a parent of one of the passers, I am not worried about any effect of what looks like an attempt to connect the decision to lower the cutoff to the presence of the Sereno child among the examinees on the credibility of the results of the 2012 bar exams. In the first place, a 6.76 percent passing rate is unthinkable and in the second place, the lowering of the passing rate is a tradition.

    Let the celebration continue!

    • brunogiordano

      CONGRATULATION!!!! To you and your anak.

    • wawa2172

      The 6.76 percent passing rate is unthinkable and the lowering of the passing marks is a tradition? Ganito rin ba sa ibang professional board exams? Di yata, Well, you can continue with the celebration and congratulation’s to your son whose a beneficiary of the manipulation on passing mark done by the SC. Walang kasalanan ang anak mo dahil gawa ito nang mga examiners na gumawa ang hindi reliable and valid bar exams. Kung ang ibang board and bar exams ay na nullified dahil sa cheating and manipulation dapat ganon din sa 2012 bar exam. The lowering of the passing mark to me is a long tradition of SC bar exams cheating and manipulations. Kaya pala maraming lawyers who do not even know their laws.

  • barada69

    They should have not lowered the passing mark, it lowered the quality of new lawyers coming to the market. The legal market is already full of mediocre lawyers and to look good or make money they join politics. The rest is history :)

  • bayankopdi

    Dapat kasi kung ang passing grade ay 75 dapat dina baguhin kahit konti lang pumasa or what, kasi kung laging ibaibahin it will arouse suspicion lalot may anak si CJ Sereno o kahit sinong anak ng mga opisyal para walang magduda…gaya nyan na adjust yung grade nagkataon na andyan anak ni Sereno…unfair naman sa anak niya laging sasabihin pumasa dahil inajust yung grado dahil CJ ang nanay…at saka hindi rason yung spirit of Lenten season…para ibahin passing grade…

  • WAUNAKEE

    What is the intent of Inquirer to ask only about the grade of SC Justice Sereno’s son? Is the intent so compelling for the benefit of the general public?

    I found the title of this news item so unprofessionally negating and self-serving whereas the Supreme Court has invoked the essence of :privacy”. Am a reader of PDI, but this kind of journalism does not bring any positive image to our country.

    • speaksoftlylove

      The intent id to prove that the Rules of the Bar Examination was suddenly changed to accommodate Sereno’s son.

      As I have already explained above, “Lowering the “AVERAGE RATING” had never been a tradition in the history of the Bar Examinations. Thjis is obviously the only way to accommodate Sereno’s son rather than doctor his rating like the Ericta case. By the way, Ericta retook the bar and passed it.

      Well, on the bright side, many bar examinees also benefited from it. The question is will they retain this practice in the next bar examinations or only when a child of a member of the Supreme Court is a bar examinee? This is what is appaling.

  • speaksoftlylove

    Had the SC did not not;lower the passing rate from 75% to 70%, I suppose Sereno’s son would not have made it.

    Now, I don’t buy the convenient excuse of Justice Villarama thst isd “Lowering the passing grade every year is a tradition.” It is not and never had been. What became a tradition is that they do away with disqualification that is, if you got a grade below 75% in “one subject” you are not disqualified outright unlike before. All your grades will still be computed but the passing grade is 75%. This tradition started when I took the bar and rightfully so because they suddenly changed the format of the bar exams during our time and that is, they included multiple choices and objectives unlike before when all questions are essay types.

    However, this did not mean that the Supreme Court lowered the overall average grade of 75%. If the AVERAGE RATING was lowered from 75% to 79% now, then it is the first time and obviously as a special fsvor to Sereno’s son. Nakakahiya kayo dyan.

    • speaksoftlylove

      Correction:

      *75% to 70% in the next paragraph.;

    • leomar101

      There were instances already in the past that sereno had been untruthful in her job as CJ. And this sudden maneuver of rules just to accomodate one’s son is plausable.” Quis custodiet ipsos custodes”?

    • bongarroyo

      sfakefire dapat ang intro ng kwento mo ay palaging ‘once upon a time’..

    • Barak_O

      seems like you took the exam

      what is your grade?

    • freeview

      tuwid na hustisya ba ? hahaha..if ever it benefited more din daw..passing the exam? but if ever does that mean, it justifys the ends ba? naku! lets wait if this issue will have the attention of media and if it will become viral..

    • Simplify1

      are you sure that cjs’s son’s score was within the 70% to 75% range?

    • cowan2325

      yeah…i think i would get my great grandson…because if what villarama said is true, in the next 70 years the passing mark would aready be zero…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CRBW2RJR4WNWVIDZVSCLFQK4KQ Spike

    lowering the passing rate is a consuelo de bobo – the supreme court justices are out of their mind. We do not need more lawyers – we need good ones

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CRBW2RJR4WNWVIDZVSCLFQK4KQ Spike

    Why lower it to 70% why note 72, 71 ? 69 ? This was done to appease someone or some group

  • mabyrik

    That is the essence of a MCQ, to dare the the examinees to think and to analyze deeper by giving a set of choices that appears to be all correct.

    The examinee has to evaluate each choice very carefully because by doing so, he will see why that choice is right or wrong. The examiner can’t provide choices with one of them to be the give-away answer or the purpose of the test is defeated. That is true for MCQ for all courses except for psychological test because pscho test aim is only to determine the mental state of the examinee.

    There is a connection between lowering the passing grade and upping the passing rate. It appears to me that by changing the rules after the exam has taken place, the beneficiaries are those in border lines. But just like in any contests, the judges can’t change the rule in the middle of the contests because it will give favor to some and disadvantage to others who really work so hard to win. My question, who are those in the border line?

    Will some privileged examinees just take the motion of taking the exam unprepared knowing that the examiners can change the rules as they wish for flimsy reason to favor them?

    Saying SC lowers the passing rate in the spirit of “liberality” and to increase the passing rates are questionable. So what if this batch has the dubious record of lowest passing rate? But this will also tell that those passers are really smart and prepared, specially the top-notchers for hurdling the toughest bar exam in the history and a lesson to flunkers to prepare even harder for the next exam.

    SC, especially Sereno being the chief and has a son who passed, has a lot to explain.

    • tarikan

      Kumuha pa kasi ng Law si JoLo eh mukhang mahina naman. Sana nag-seaman na laang (with apologies to the seamen, pero talaga naman wala kayong binatbat sa mga lawyers). Well, I wish him good luck. For all we know he might turn out to be a very brilliant “notary public”.

      • ranjoranido

        hahaha! nag apologize ka pa, then nilait mo rin ng deretso.

    • Concur_Dissent

      It is fair to question the wisdom of adjusting passing grades, but it will be totally unfair to insinuate that the SC approved lowering the passing grade to accommodate cjs’s son….. Ang reporter na eto nagiintriga lang. Hopefully the educated readers of PDI will not fall in the trap of accusing someone even if there is not even a hint that there is a scandal going on

      • Anqui

        “UNFAIR”…make your judgment! In this country the impossible happens, because the powerful and well connected seems to be at the losing edge. WHY HERE!!!

      • Simplify1

        Pls take note in concurs comment that only educated pdi readers….

    • beerhunters

      I agree. Let the passing mark, 75% stay as it is. This way the grains will be separated from the chaffs!! “Maihiwalay ang bigas sa ipa'”

    • A_few_good_men

      I agree with your comment. It’s unfair to those examinees that work harder to pass the exam. It’s most unfair to those who took the exam before 2012 that got between 70% to 74.99% because they took the exam with more intelligent examinees than those who took in 2012 they can’t pass? Whereas more dumb graduates took the bar in 2012, the SC allowed some of them to become lawyers? Why? PH has so many lawyers already such that even if all of the 2012 examinees did not pass, we’re still flooded with lawyers and they can always retake it won’t they?

  • Hey_Dudes

    There seems to be no more secret to keep in this country. Everything and anything including those whose values carries to no one’s life expectancy for one reason or another seem to be the driving life of someone like worms in graves itching to find another body to feast on. Filipinos back in the good old days were never this extreme pursuing every dark alley ways like an ambulance chaser or a funeral salesman keeping watch in every hospital emergency wards.

    • speaksoftlylove

      Mas may kabuluhan naman itong issue na ito kaysa favorite mong James-Krissy at Chiz-Heart.

      It concerns honesty and integrity of Sereno court.

      O di ba?

      • leomar101

        “Scientia non habet inimicum nisi ignorantem”

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/AEBQI5ZIKWWO772AQEVZLNALMY Bong

        Ok me chance kna ke Chiz at James.

    • Concur_Dissent

      Hindi lang pinoy may ganyang ugali. Ang tawag dyan “intrigue”…. Yang salita na intrigue ay english. Hindi inimbento ang salita nayan ng pinoy! Sa tagalog walng exactong meaning ang intrigue. Sadyang hindi maintrega ang pinoy… Tinuro lang sa atin ng mga spanol at americano. O baka naman ikaw yung nag pipinoy pinoyan dito sa mga blog na hindi naman pinoy talaga!

      • Hey_Dudes

        Why don’t you try – ‘TSISMISEROS’?

    • Concur_Dissent

      PS –

      Wala tayong exaktong salita ng intrigue pero meron tayong salita na sinungaling, IKAW YUN!!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/AEBQI5ZIKWWO772AQEVZLNALMY Bong

        Intriga dba?

      • Hey_Dudes

        quote – ”
        wala tayong exaktong salita ng intrigue – end of quote. Mabuti na lang hindi ka kasama doon sa mga lumagpak sa bar exam kasi kita na agad sa sinulat mo. Intrigue sa wikang Filipino ay katulad mo -tsismisero numero uno! hahahahaha

      • Concur_Dissent

        Sorry, you just don’t get it…dyan ka na

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

      EH ANG NAKINABANG ANAK LNG NG CJ DAPAT LINAHAT NA PARA TAPOS NA USAPAN…

  • WoBushi

    CJ Sereno’s son wants to be a lawyer too? How many light bulbs does the son have to burn before mom CJ can clearly see?

  • speaksoftlylove

    As far as I am concerned, Teodore Te was sending a veiled text message to PDI.

    Instead of using the word confidential, he used the word “personal.”

    It’s like a psychological examination, it’s personal. Di ba Atty. Te?

    • bongarroyo

      sfakefire sa palagay mo ba mananahimik lang iyong grupo ni lolo carpio mo kung totoo nga iyang hinala mo?
      gumawa na naman kayo ng ‘once upon a time’ na istorya…LOL

      • Concur_Dissent

        Hahahaha. Yun o!

    • Concur_Dissent

      dumudura ka nanaman ng apoy dyan. Sa talagang personal information yun ah. Semantics lang yan… Personal, confidential, private, secret, they all mean the same relative to information that shouldn’t be disclosed to anyone unless authorized by the information owner.

  • Jamal Idris

    Inggit lang kayo.

  • just_the_guy

    The Inquirer question obviously had malicious intent. If they had doubts about the son of SCJ Sereneo, they should have made discreet inquiry and made an expose based on their findings.This is not journalism. It was not an innocent question. The query deserves the strongest rebuff.

    • regd

      I disagree, the question can mean many things to different people. I happen to presume the journalist ask the question without malice. Life is complicated enough without adding malicious intent to every questions raised.

      • parengtony

        Life is complicated enough without publicized but unfounded queries. Eh ang haba ng article na ito pero ala man lang kahit isang koncretong basehan kung bakit itinutulad ang situation ni Sereno kay Ericta. Tapos ayaw masabing intrigero.

      • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

        baka nga naman kasi isa sya dun sa below passing grade..maganda rin naman yung malaman ng tao para walang duda na hindi sya inaccomodate lang

      • observer1356

        the article casts baseless doubts on Sereno’s son… that’s how it is… “baka isa sya dun sa below passing grade” does not merit such article from a journalist with such a mediocre and non-sensible journalistic approach …

      • transient_freak

        Unfair assumption, just because the guy’s the son of the Chief Justice. That’s reverse discrimination.

    • Panotcha

      Wala naman masama sa tanong. its a public list how can the information be personal? The reporter can actually make a human interest story how the child follows the mother before we can go to allegations of tampering.

      For a lawyer like Te to jump into conclusions is unbecoming of a lawyer is it not?

      • basilionisisa

        to regd and Panotcha: the question had malicious intent if you reread, ‘reminded’ Te of the Ericta case, which it was most definitely not. The person concerned was a private individual and has right to privacy. pls reread.

      • Panotcha

        a question on the CJ’s son is a fair one.

        the article which links the ericta case to a non answer by Te i grant you is malicious.

      • Loggnat

        If it is an open public list, that means the reporter is too lazy to do his homework and relies on lazy methods to get his/her information. Did the son passed or not? Even after not getting a clear answer to the question, the article writer did not check the list either. I guess laziness is one of the qualification for reporters and Inquirer article writers, ha? Maybe nobody really cares about the grades of Sereno’s son just the fact that they put the SC spokesperson in the defensive seems to be the real goal of the reporter or this article writer.

      • Panotcha

        What is lazy methods, a reporter should not ask questions now if it hurts somebody. Where will the country be if they knew how to stop? or if the media establishment is easy to scare and get paid.

        One is defensive only if there is a weakspot. in any case admittedly he needed to exercise due diligence if the CJ indeed needed protecting. he simply needed to make sure.

      • elimsqui

        bakit walang nagtanong sa grade ko? bakit yung anak lang ni chief justice?
        may malisya nga…

      • Panotcha

        you a child of any of the justices?

      • Batang Altura

        sino ka ba hehehe

      • parengtony

        Please read the article again. Does it not relate Sereno’s situation with Ericta w/out any basis?
        The list is public but the grade/score is not.

      • Cranberry101

        I agree.

      • Panotcha

        The article I grant you that is malicious, but the question related to the CJ’s son is not.

      • transient_freak

        The one who asked the question virtually admitted that the question was being asked in relation to the Ericta case.

      • Cranberry101

        Very poor article then. It primarily relies on false analogy as basis of its argument. Because s/he is paid to write, sh/e ought to write better than that.

      • cowan2325

        well, they lowered the passing mark from 75% to 70%…had they stuck with 75%, only 361 would have made it…but at 70%, there are now 949 new lawyers…was the son in the list of the 361? was it because it’s Lent that they lowered the mark or was it to accommodate the son? in the ericta case, it was a different approach…but the same result…

      • transient_freak

        If you read the article again, this isn’t the first time the passing mark was lowered. they often do that whenever the passing rate is unusually low.

      • Panotcha

        i’ll grant you that

      • observer1356

        if it’s a public list, why does she have to ask? is it because a statement, phrased in a form of a question cannot be considered slander?

      • Panotcha

        that’s what being a lawyer is. one does not jump to all the implications of a statement. =)

        Te is defensive on an implied association which if it was never really said explicitly by the writer should have never been an issue. At any rate Te may have been caught off guard which is why he just retreated to privacy.

      • Batang Altura

        tama nagtatanong lang , bakit ayaw sagutin may itinatago ba ? mayroon ng pangyayari na ibinaba din ang passing grade, sabi ng isang justice in the spirit daw ng lenten season kaya ibinaba ang passing grade, kung talagang lenten season angdahilan sana ipinasa na lang lahat..may itinangi talaga kayo..

    • Cranberry101

      It’s time to require journalists writing on legal issues to have some basic understanding of how facts raise issues of law. I believe in the U.S. they have a one year program designed for journalists. It’s just unacceptable that people paid to write articles feed people with baseless or substandard reasoning.

      • parengtony

        “baseless or substandard reasoning” or intellectual dishonesty (matatalino naman sila) or, worse, simply mercenaries (envelopmental journalism)? pero hindi naman po nilalahat dahil karamihan sa kanila may integridad kahit walang “one year program designed for journalists”.

      • Cranberry101

        Article makes irrelevant argument and poor comparison. The reasoning was simply wrong. The problem raised by this article is a no brainer. False analogy. It is not an issue at all. There are no facts specific to the request that would raise the issue of fraud. PERIOD. One must distinguish a real issue from harassment. What evidence do you have in this specific case that warrants invoking the right to transparency, which would otherwise be personal information? Is this simply an ignorance of what raises an issue at law OR a desire to persecute high profile figures? The nation stands to benefit more from raising genuine issues of national interest rather than raising speculative issues not grounded on facts. Journalists should take some legal reasoning courses to equip them better at their job.

    • Islander

      How exactly can a newspaper make a discreet inquiry? Call the Sereno household? Send a spy in the examiner’s office? What? It is more legal to simply ask the question. After all, there has been a precedence in the Ericta case. The spokesman could have made a straightforward answer that “the CJ’s son got a score higher than 75% thus he did not benefit from the lowering of the cut-off score from 75% to 70%.” If that statement were true, then end of the story. Privacy is preserved and the need for the public to inquire into the integrity of the examination process is also satisfied.

      • Concur_Dissent

        The point really is that the reporter is simply sowing intrigues. The reporter simply threw out a fake bone to the dogs then watch with glee who among the dogs will take off with the bone thinking this to be real….

      • Concur_Dissent

        PS –
        In the Ericta case, the test paper of the son of Associate Justice Ericta was regraded and raised a tad higher to get a passing average. In this case, it was an across the board lowering of passing average…. totally different and not a precedent… The reporter does not have any evidence that the sereno kid benefited from the lowering of the passing average…. but the malicious intent of the reporter insinuating that the SC lowered the average to accommodate sereno is evident….

      • Islander

        You must be a lawyer or an SC employee, but your understanding of the concept of precedence is way too narrow. The Ericta case is a precedent for a case of the SC compromising the integrity of the examination process to benefit an insider. It does not matter if a grade is raised or the bar lowered. It is the integrity that is compromised.

        Now, we need to know if Mr. Sereno got a score of 75 or higher.

      • Concur_Dissent

        The ericta case definitely compromised the SC because there was a complaint which was investgated and the scandal verified…. In sereno’s situation there is no existing complaint, no one came forward with any evidence of impropriety. In legal parlance, this is called a “fishing expedition”, a situation where the system is used to investigate and search for information beyond due process or scope of indictment.

        As an example, if you were caucasian when suddenly, a notorious drug dealing african-american moved next door. If you wanted him removed from your hood, can you just simply call the cops and tell them that your neighbor has a growup even if you don’t really know if he has one or not. You just hope that the cops find a growup so he can be jailed. Is that fair? Now, lets twist the story a bit…. Same scenario, but this time you are the black guy in the story, how would you feel?

        PS- no, i am not a lawyer nor a SC employee

      • ranjoranido

        ipakita nila na 75 or higher ang nakuha nya, then you SHUT UP! ilabas nila lahat ng grade ng magkaalaman na ng mapahiya yung mga taong malisyoso. kung ilalabas yan sigurado pahiya lahat yung mga taong katulad mo.

      • Islander

        yes, fair deal.

    • Fulpol

      that is journalism… read again… haven’t you read the Ericta case?

      • scorpio15

        Journalism ng Tsismis???

      • ranjoranido

        tama. malicious ang news na ito.

      • ApoNiLolo

        Si Fulpy babanat na naman. Sa Ericta case, me pumiyok na Justice, dito wala. Without any bases, the reporter asked the question. So, malice as an intent, comes to mind.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

      alam ni brad joey nadi siya papasa, parati nga inuman namin nugtapos na ang bar exam di na nga siya umuuwi sa bahay nila… swerte pa rin siya

    • Kirat

      Given that the grading standards were relaxed, and Her Serene Holiness’s son is now a lawyer, that is only a side story. Sereno reportedly inhibited herself from the en banc session; specifically because her son was an examinee; and there are no indications of a mass resignation from the bench. The real question is why, even with the passing grades lowered, did only 17% pass. Is the real scandal in the poorly-worded section of the exam (and the justice who wrote it,) or in the law schools? Is it also a fair question to ask if judges or lawyers who had low marks or came from years with “relaxed” grading standards are worse off in their profession than their colleagues?

    • Nald_Ap

      The issue is “whether or not the son of of the Chief Justice benefit from the lowering of the passing rate from 75 to 70.” The reporter had to ask the question about the grade since the information is not readily available (the SC does not make the grades public, it is released directly to the examinee). There is no malice in the question. However, the article itself may be considered malicious as it seems to make a conclusion by drawing comparisons to the Ericta case, without even determining if the son was even benefitted or not.

    • ranjoranido

      correct. pang entertainment section ang skills gumawa ng artice na ito. hindi pang hardcore news.

    • nbi agent

      you’re correct, media today think they’ve the right to the privacy of other.

  • Anqui

    It is totally WRONG to bring down passing grade for Bar Examiners in order to have more to pass. This is a license to practice Law not to trample the Constitution. If the percentage of law graduates who failed the Bar Exam is lower than expected, the Bureau of Education shall review what are reasons of failing. Many schools in the Philippines are below par on standards of passing students, and it should be addressed. Poor parents sacrificed to have children educated, and they shall not be failed by schools who are only DIPLOMA MILLS.

    • Concur_Dissent

      Apparently hindi ka naka pag take ng board o bar sa pinas. It is very normal for boards to adjust passing grades or even consider omitting grades for test questions that the vast majority of the examinees were confused.

      • Anqui

        Wrong! I passed the board on Mechanical Engineer.

      • Simplify1

        you should know better then! It is not uncommon for the boards to adjust passing grades lalo na sa engineering.

      • http://www.facebook.com/keizerglenn Glenn Padilla

        but should this really be practised? the adjustment in scores tells us that we are accommodating those who should not be accommodated.

      • Concur_Dissent

        pls bear in mind that the examinations prepared by the members of the board (in this case, the bar) are not exact sciences… there is always the element of subjectivity and even errors in the construction of questions. They are not perfect!

      • http://www.facebook.com/keizerglenn Glenn Padilla

        im sorry, but i fail to see the connection between your so-called “subjectivity” and the need to lower the passing rate.

      • Anqui

        AMEN, GLENN…it is the root of corruption, and countries who embraced this mentally have their citizens gone OFW.

      • Concur_Dissent

        Then you should know that the mechanical board exams are administered by the ME Board which is under the umbrella of the Phil Reg Com (PRC) and has nothing to do with the “Bureau of Education” as what you said. All boards are given the discretion in administering the testing and licensing of professionals, including the preparation, testing and grading of examinations. It is very normal to adjust passing grades.

        Bureau of education hanggang sa maka graduate lang at walang pakialam yan sa licensing process!

      • cowan2325

        the message is, adjust the education and not the passing mark…simple as that…

      • Anqui

        AMEN, COWAN!!

      • Anqui

        If you read my posting carefully, Bureau of Education has jurisdiction over colleges where graduates attended school. Nonperforming colleges shall be weeded out!!

      • ranjoranido

        you passed ohhh di nga… weeeh? hahaha. anung grade mo?

      • Anqui

        Not to Impress you , but I did it one time with a grade of 79.80

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q2EFFJUNBLYFKXTUS6CZEA6GVA Waldy

        normal daw… abnormal yun loko… especially kung anak ka ng CJ… reminds of ERICTA case… parehong pareho

      • Concur_Dissent

        hoy bobo…wag ka makisawsaw sa usapang wala kang alam ok? Sa Ericta case, yung test paper lang ni Ericta ang binago…. hindi ganun ang issue dito….o baka naman nakiki ericta ka lang kasi nakita mo sa mga ibang bloggers dito na binanggit ang ericta case?

    • dodong1

      di ba sabi lowering of the passing grade was also made “in the spirit of the Lenten season,” he said.

      • John Smith

        Good point. Wtf is lenten season gotta do with the BAR Exam? Seriously? :D

      • popeyee

        oo nga po. So most of the future bar examinees kukuha na lang ng bar exams pag lenten season..

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

        LENTEN NGA… AT LEAST MAY JUSTIFICATION…

      • Anqui

        Yes, but that spirit should not we as citizen of this country suffer for a generation, in which among us are lawyers who does not defend the Constitution because they are ignorant of the law.

      • dodong1

        you are absolutely correct but the unfortunate thing is the mentality of the citizen of our country has never change and probably will never change..HOW SAD!!

    • Cranberry101

      Eeeehhhh, wrong answer. What do you mean trample the Constitution?

      • ranjoranido

        may eeeeh ka pang nalalaman.

    • herecomesrusty

      Adjustment iyan dahil dati hindi multiple choice ang tanong. Also, unlike math, answers cannot be derived from mere computations

  • kalealaskador

    I’m just curious. If the other answers in the MCQ are also correct, then those who selected those answers should be considered CORRECT and their grades should be adjusted accordingly. Then maybe there would not have been a need to lower the passing grade.

  • Greg

    “In q” should have first done what journalists are supposed to do….make discreet inquiries to determine if their hypothesis has basis. If they discover that there is none, then they can let it go. If they discover it has basis – then they can ask the SC for a comment based on their findings.

    But for PDI to ask a question and then write an article about the non-response of the SC is trying to stir controversy when none had been discovered or proven by “In q.”

    To those who read the NYTimes and Washington Post, they usually do their investigation first. Then they put a story on hold until they’ve contacted a party involved and gotten their side. If the contacted party does not want to give their side, then they print.

    But note that they have a story to begin with. In this situation – -“In q” does not even have a story. They made the fact that they asked a question from the SC the story.

  • Greg

    I meant “But note that they have no story to begin with.”

  • Concur_Dissent

    Marami ring mahihina mag analyze na mga meron dito…. Kung may kalokohang nangyari sa grades ng anak ni CJS, pumutok na dapat agad ang scandalo. Una si CJS hindi kasama sa approval ng coding ng bar exams (i.e. matching names of examinees with their test papers). Pangalawa and the most important gauge na walang dayaan is the fact that most of the senior sc justices have their own axes to grind against cjs. Kung meron ngang dayaan, this would have been the perfect time to get rid of her….

    • bongarroyo

      koreek…ito ang di ma gets ni sfakefire kung nagkalutuan iyan seguradong unang aangal ang grupo ni tandang carpio..

    • speaksoftlylove

      Absolutely wrong.

      Only Villarama is the Chairman of the Committee of the Bar Exams and may also be one of the examiners. The rest of the examiners are private practitioners and law professors whose identities will be known only during the oath taking ceremony. Walang pakialam sa bar examination and ibang Supreme Court Justices.

      Maliwanag na wala kang alam pero malakas ang loob mong magdadal na akala mo gospel truth yang panaginip mo. Hindi ka malakas “mag analyze.” Malakas kang magpantasya dogyot.

  • brunogiordano

    “Had the court not lowered the passing grade, the original passing rate for the 2012 exam would have been 6.76 percent, or only 361 examinees would have passed.”

    Sa mga nagagailangan ng abogado huwag kumuha ng abogado na pumasa sa 2012 exam dahil mahigit sa kalahati sa kanila ay mga PASANG AWA lang.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/AEBQI5ZIKWWO772AQEVZLNALMY Bong

      Hindi sa bar exams result nakukuha yan. Sa sipag sa pag aaral ng kaso at pagbabasa ng batas at mga decisions ng SC. Maraming bar topnotcher hindi nag practice kc akala nila magaling na cla.

  • farmerpo

    Supreme Court Associate Justice Martin Villarama Jr., who chaired the
    2012 exam committee, said the court decided to lower the passing grade
    from 75 percent to 70 percent, following its tradition of lowering the
    passing mark every year.
    Kung yearly, binababa ang passing grade, magaantay pa ako ng 5 years bago mag BAR. He,he patok. Puede narin akong maging Notaryo Piso.(P50 na ngayon, non appearance pa).

  • brunogiordano

    “The disclosure of the grade fixing led to a scandal that forced the Supreme Court justices, including Fernando, to resign.
    But days after the resignations, President Ferdinand Marcos swore them in again, except for Ericta and Justice Ramon Fernandez, who were found to be responsible for the grade fixing.”

    “Supreme Court Associate Justice Martin Villarama Jr., who chaired the 2012 exam committee, said the court decided to lower the passing grade from 75 percent to 70 percent, following its tradition of lowering the passing mark every year.”

    Kahit ito ay tradition, hindi ito dapat isinagawa ngayon dahil may isang anak ng supreme court judge na umiksamin.

    Lumalabas tuloy na ito ay GRADE FIXING kung kasama iyong anak na nakakuha ng grade below 75.

    Mga SUPREME JUDGES – RESIGNATION anyone??????

    • kismaytami

      Nakakakatawa nga eh… Sa panahon ngayon, sistema na ang naga-adjust.

  • destierro

    The Supreme Court has lowered the passing grade many times as it sees fit. The most dramatic in recent years was in 2007 where only 5% (around 300 passers out of 5,626) would have passed if 75% was maintained. The grade was lowered also to 70%. I think PRC also adjusts the passing grade in some licensure exams when the yield is low. It is within the SC’s and PRC’s discretion.

    The reportage seems malicious in imputing irregularity even when Sereno had already inhibited herself. How the reporter saw Theodore “bristle” from that text exchange is beyond me. His explanation was clear enough. It is unfair to the son.The reporter asked a slanted inquiry that presumes guilt if the son benefited. Even if given that the son benefited from the ruling, it does not mean that a wrong was committed. PDI should have higher standards.

    Senior Justice Carpio, known bitter rival of Sereno who can’t even attend a flag ceremony with her, was the one who presided in the session lowering the passing grade. I don’t see him doing her or her son any favors.

    FROM WIKIPEDIA: ”

    Passing average vs. Passing rate
    …In the past, passing averages were considerably lower to admit more new lawyers (i.e. 69% in 1947, 69.45% in 1946, 70% in 1948). Since 1982, the passing average has been fixed at 75%. This has led to a dramatic decrease in the national passing rate of bar examinees, from an all-time high of 75.17% in 1954 to an all-time low of 16.59% in 1999 (all-time low should have been the single digit 5% national passing rate for the 2007 bar examination if the Supreme Court did not lower the passing average to 70% and lowered the disqualification rate in 3 subjects). In recent years, the annual national bar passing rate ranges from 20% to 30%…”

  • mavtan

    Here we go again! Leave the guy alone, its not his fault if his mother is the chief justice!

  • Cranberry101

    The problem raised by this article is a no brainer. False analogy. It is not an issue at all. There are no facts specific to the request that would raise the issue of fraud. PERIOD. One must distinguish a real issue from harassment. What evidence do you have in this specific case that warrants invoking the right to transparency, which would otherwise be personal information? Is this simply an ignorance of what raises an issue at law OR a desire to persecute high profile figures? The nation stands to benefit more from raising genuine issues of national interest rather than raising speculative issues not grounded on facts. Journalists should take some legal reasoning courses to equip them better at their job.

  • Islander

    “In the spirit of the Lenten season”?!? Whoa! I missed that part earlier. Did the SC really do that? What has a religious holiday got to do with a professional exam conducted by an arm of the government under the context of separation of church and state? I suggest that the SC spokesman should have cited Valentines Day instead by saying, “in the spirit of love occasioned by the recent Valentines Day last month, we lovingly lowered the passing grade.” Made more sense and less illegal too.

    • dodong1

      ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES…KAYA NGA IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES

      • ranjoranido

        dodong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yung sinaing mo!

      • dodong1

        nasunog naaaaaa….ha ha ha ha haha ha Nakakatuwa kasi ang mga nababasa ko dito sa PDI…

    • yun_na

      They imposed a Lenten sacrifice on the hapless populace by allowing substandard lawyers enter the profession…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AEBQI5ZIKWWO772AQEVZLNALMY Bong

    That is not fair to the examinee Sereno and other examiniees. The Constitution provides that the Supreme Court shall

    Promulgate rules concerning the protection and enforcement of constitutional rights,
    pleading, practice, and procedure in all courts, the admission to the practice of law, the integrated bar, and legal assistance to the under-privileged. Such rules shall provide a simplified and inexpensive procedure for the speedy disposition of cases, shall be uniform for all courts of the same grade, and shall not diminish, increase, or modify substantive rights. Rules of procedure of special courts and quasi-judicial bodies shall remain effective unless disapproved by the Supreme Court. (Section 5, Art. VII)

    Nothing wrong with examinee Sereno’s passing. He deserves it. He was not singled out. Unlike the Ericta case.

  • BatangSingapore

    impeach na yan si Sereno dahil sabi ng source ko medyo bobo daw yan anak ni sereno pero pumasa pa daw hahahahahahha.

  • Joaquin Fernandez

    With her many enemies on all sides, it is unthinkable for Justice Sereno to cheat for the grade of her son. This insinuation is with full of malice intended to discredit the CJ.

  • eirons1043

    hehehe another batch who will screw the justice system. seriously though the SC from way way back is more interested in lowering the passing grade by asking questions that only seasoned practicing lawyers can answer or those with nice hand writings to make it appear that the Philippine BAR is the hardest exam in the entire planet. Multiple choice Questions should be 90% like in the US to AVOID subjective opinion of Examiners in checking THE ANSWERS of examinees…

  • Simplify1

    In the Ericta case years ago, the associate justices revealed the testing scandal. At that time, the justices were all living in harmony under marcos. Even though they were friendly with each other, they cameout in the open and as a result, two associate justices were fired?

    Everone knows that there were senior associate justices who wanted to be cj and pnoy chose sereno. These justices showed their disappointment with pnoys decision so they boycotted sereno’s appointment and oathtaking.

    If there truly is a scandal , these associate justices would not think twice to expose her… Ang kaso, WALA!! Ang scandalo lang is existing in the minds of stupid people na walang magawa!

    • speaksoftlylove

      First, the two Justice Ericta and Justice Ramon Fernandez were not fired. Marcos did not want to fire hid fraternal brothers but they opted to resignedto save Marcos from the persistent humiliating criticisms that Marcos was protecting his fraternal brothers. A huge opposite of the kapit tuko KKKs and PNoy’s usual adlib that “I still trust my KKKs.” In fact it was Ericta who also insisted that he should only be the one to resigned because it was his son who benefited but Justice Fernandez insisted to resign because it was him who convinced the examiners to help Ericta’s son.

      Second, there is no point of comparison between Ericta’s case and the current issue. In Ericta’s case, there was actually no change of grade. In just one bar question Ericta’s son just give a plane negative or “No” answer without giving any explanation. In that particular question, he was given full credit which made him barely passed the bar. Needless to say Ericta’s son retook the bar and passed it fair and square. In this current issue the change is not a person’s rating but a wholesale lowering of passing mark just to accommodate a CJ’s son.

      Finally and to reiterate, the associate justices have no business in the bar examinations. Only Villarama is connected with of the Committee of the Bar Examinations and in fact, he is the Chairman. The rest of the examiners are private practitioners or law professors and their identities will only be revealed during the oath taking ceremony of the new lawyers. Anong masasabi ng ibang justices kung wala silang alam? What happened in Ericta’s case was that one of the examiners tipped Justice Aneurfina-Herrera so that it was her who exposed it to the public. Dito naman, may nagbigay siguro ng tip sa PDI coming from one of the examiners. Yet, what is important is that your last paragraph is devoid of merit.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXV3F6YUQWDOA4HPYOFN5F2N3U Danyel

    75 should still be the passing grade. It is very unfair to the previous batches who didn’t make it. Imagine, previously if you got 74.99 you are still a flunker and now if you get 70 you are already a lawyer. That is unfair. To be fair those who got 74.99 down to 70 in the previous batches must be sworn in as lawyers!

    Mantak mo lawyer ka nga tapos malalaman ng client me na 70 lang ang nakuha mo sa Bar exams! Dyahe yun…..Baka sabihin ng client mo “e attorney mas mataas pa pala ang grade ko sa yo e”…..Frankly, I will not hire a lawyer whose grade in the Bar exams is 70%…..that is a stigma indeed!

    • mad_as_Hamlet

      I think you’ll really find it dificult to hire lawyers whose grades in the bar exams are in the 70s. I heard most of them are in government, and they are not allowed private practice.

  • victor1052

    So what? It isn’t an engineering or medical or any technical field exam that scientific talents are produced and practically needed by the country. Glorifying lawyers who do not contribute to the prosperity and productivity of this country must be stopped.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    * * * * * * * * * *
    “But the lowering of the passing grade was also made “in the spirit of the Lenten season,” he said.”

    What kind of reasoning, if any, lies behind such an invocation of the “spirit of the Lenten season”? What “spirit” can move the Supreme Court to lower the passing grade for the 2012 bar exam? What is that spirit, in the first place?

    I am madly flummoxed. Granting, for the sake of argument, the historicity of the story “behind” Lent, who can definitely say that its “spirit” is this one or that one? To cite a few examples: Is it the spirit that moved Peter to deny he knew his Master? Is it the spirit that moved the gospel authors to make up a story of what Jesus did in Gethsemane, for after all not one apostle witnessed it—-“let this cup pass from me”? Or, is it the spirit that moved the gospel writers to claim that the Jewish crowd shouted, “crucify him,” and “may his blood be on us, and on our children.”—-the spirit of the Holocaust? Or, is it the spirit of flip-flopping, as in Pilate’s case?

    Or, coming in the wake of that “status quo ante condom” order, could that spirit just be the more common spirit of the glass? “Forgive them and let them pass, for they know not what they answer?” ”The spirit of camaraderie?”

    But the law schools and, most especially, the parents have a better hope for their would-be lawyers sons and daughters—-it could even be a 100% guarantee. They should petition the Supreme Court to hold the bar exams in the month of July or August. The release of the results should or would be around Christmas.

    • speaksoftlylove

      That is why I posted that “sa panahon namin wala kahit spirit of Casper.”

      Sorry to say this but Justice Villarama is lying, The bar examination format was changed in 1989 when I took the bar and not only in the 2012 bar, from purely essay questions to essay, enumeration, and definitions, without informing the examinees beforehand. Buti nga sa yang kumuha noong nakaraang bar, alam na nila ang format ng bar exams at multiple choice lang. Nandoon na sa harap nila ang sagot. What is so hard in multiple choice is you studied hard enough? Marami sanang babagsak noong 1989 because of the “automatic disqualification policy” that is, if you got a grade of below 75% in one of the subjects (there are 8 subjects) you automatically fail.

      Starting 1989 the SC abolished this “automatic disqualification policy” so that even if you got a grade lower than 75% in one or two subjects but passed the rest with high marks, you will still pass the bar if your overall average is not less than 75%. This is the tradition, not the lowering of passing average rating. SC never lowered the average rating “as a tradition” because there will be an unending question that if you lower it to 74%, why not lower it to 73% or 72% until 0%?

      Obviously, Sereno’s son got a grade lower than 75% so it is clear that the lowering of the passing grade was an afterthought of the Supreme Court to accommnodate Sereno’s son. Tradisyon na ba ito ngayon sa Supreme Court na pag may palulusutin ka ay ibababa mo ang standards ng Basr Examinations. Justice Villarama?

      • mad_as_Hamlet

        * * * * * * * * * *
        Yes, I would agree to the extent that what you have set forth are reasonable grounds for suspicion. After all, the lowering of the passing mark is in itself an accomodation of the many who ought not to have passed at all.
        In this situation, the Supreme Court can certainly help itself by making public the computation/grade given CJ Sereno’s son, and that of others similarly situated. After all, bar exam grades are matters of public record. And they do not impact our national security.
        Without such a move, the doubt will never be dispelled. It will even strengthen it. Although, in the event that CJ Sereno’s son indeed got a grade lower than 75%, the Supreme Court can always say that he was just one of the “collateral beneficiaries” of their decision to lower the passing mark.
        And which brings us back to that unknown spirit.

      • speaksoftlylove

        Strongly agree.

  • tarikan

    “Villarama said he believed the low grades were a result of the multiple choice questions in the exam, which he found “confusing” because the choices seemed to be all correct”. Typical of things done by lawyers. Take for instance an article/section in a certain law or any correspondence from lawyers for that matter, their kilo-metric paragraph uses only one “period”….at the end. Only commas separate the tangled web of thoughts. No wonder lawyers quarrel on interpretations. But such is the way otherwise lawyers will be all passe.

  • wawa2172

    The multiple choice answers are confusing and its all correct? What kind of bar examiners does the 2012 bar exams have? I guess, they made a joke out of the examinees. Sa paano malalaman nang examinees ang best correct answer among the correct one. They made the examinees look stupid kaya pala bumagsak ang marami. The 6.76 percent is the real passing rate and the decision to reduced the passing mark from 75 to 70 is bull because its never done in other professional board exam. I guess Sereno son score has something to do with it and he is a beneficiary whether we like it or not. May palusot ang 2012 bar exam and those who scored below 75 percent lost their credibility dahil pinagbiyan lang sila. The long tradition of manipulating the result is a black eye to the Philippine bar exams dahil ipinasa ang mga undeserving to examinees to become lawyers. SC spokesperson Te should have informed the inquirer of Sereno son’s result dahil di naman confidential at personal ito. Te is from UP and same with Sereno so may kutob na itinatago. Daang matuwid, bumaloktot yata ang SC. Dapat lahat nang board exams sa Pinas ay bumaba nang 5 percentile to be fair tulad nang kagawian sa bar exams. Kaya pala palpak ang qulity nang lawyers natin dahil namaniubra pala ang board results to favor the yung malalapit sa heart nang examiners.

  • louie

    It’s intruiging. Well, just to cast off the doubt they should make his grade public. Imagine if he benefitted from lowering the base grade to pass. Not only intruiging but scary.

  • jeproks2002

    If this examinee’s rating is made known there will still be questions whether he got 70% or 1% shy of the top 10 ratings. If he got below 75% then people will speculate that he was “accommodated” and thus the passing rate was lowered. If he has a relatively high rating what’s next? A demand for his TOR? The more important question to ask is “Is there any reason to suspect the Examiners and/or the justices in the en banc session during the deliberation?”

  • batangsulpok

    Bakit bababaan ang passing grade dahil lamang sa mahal na araw? Mukhang nakakaduda kasi yun anak ni Sereno ay isa sa pumasa at maaaring di siya makakapasa kung hindi ibinaba ang passing grade, kunwari lang ay dahil sa lent.

  • $20926843

    Perhaps an enterprising journalist may conduct a discreet investigation on this because if this is true, this is a highest form of graft and corruption. It is not far fetched that aside from the reasons given to the press by the SC in the lowering of the passing grade, there is a sinister reason behind that is patently scandalous, and that is, many of those whose grade is lower than 75% but not lower than 70% are the kamag-anaks, bestfriends and fraternity brods of these SOB’s SC Justices.

  • tulfowangbo

    yes make the bar question more relevant so as to elicit real law knowledge from examinees rather than to confuse them. also i agree with just_the_guy that inquirer question had malicious intent. the way you headlined your article SC spokesman just answered your query and was not at all spooked. Do not sensationalize.

  • tarikan

    “Supreme Court Associate Justice Martin Villarama Jr., who chaired the 2012 exam committee, said the court decided to lower the passing grade from 75 percent to 70 percent, following its tradition of lowering the passing mark every year”. I am not a lawyer (buti na laang) but simple English laang ito “…..the court decide to lower the passing grade from 75% to 70%, following the tradition of lowering the passing mark every year”. If I understood it correctly this year’s passing grade would be in the range of 65 – 69%. I would encourage my daughter to take the 2016 bar exam (skip a couple of years) because by then the passing grade would be in the range of 50 – 54%. Heck, I’ll tell her to take the 2017, the passing grade would be under 50%. She might land in the top ten hahaha.

  • Horst Manure

    The good thing is only a few passed at least the public can rest in peace know they are not out there putting your money in their pockets and delivering nothing but false hopes to those who want and need justice.

    99% of the liaryers give the rest a bad name.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    * * * * * * * * * * *
    If we ever get to amending or revising our Constitution, the entire court system should be changed. There should be two separate court systems for judges and lawyers: one system for the “at least 75% lawyers” together with the corresponding appellate court and its own Supreme Court; and another system for the “below 75% lawyers.” This might be the solution to our sluggish mixed system of “at least 75%” and “below 75%.”

    The two court systems can even indulge in friendly competition in respect of the rate they can dispose of cases. The public will be the one benefited.

    It would be a sight to behold. “Bulwagan ng Katarungan (75% uo). “Bulwagan ng Katarungan (Below 75%). “Court of Appeals (75% up)”, Court of Appeals (Below 75%),” and so forth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/estee.muri Estee Muri

    Nakakatawa naman pala itong LAWYER EXAMINATION kuno ! Think of it… With the Nurses and Physician examination, did we ever hear that the passing grades were lowered to say 70 % ? Other profession’s passing grade is 75 so, why should the Lawyers examination be different ? Naturally in multiple choice examination the POSSIBLE ANSWER to the questions are so similar and almost all are correct , but the BEST CHOICE is the right answer ! Aba, mahina pala ang mga Lawyer student KUNG GANO-ON. iT IS AN INSULT TO THOSE TAKING LAW. . I thought, the reason as to why there is PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATION IS TO FIND OUT IF THE CANDIDATE has master his profession and that particular candidate is good to serve the public. Do not tell me that the law examinations is harder than those Physician examination ! THINK OF IT: A lawyer has time to read and prepare a case compared to a Physician who when face with MEDICAL EMERGENCY, has to decide RIGHT THERE AND THEN , in a split of a second to save a life or lives. and the Law Profession will convince the public that BAR examination is the hardest compared to other profession? Common now ! You ought to be kidding ! You are saying ?

  • 4RuleofLaw

    Yup that line of questioning is uncalled for and very malicious.

  • http://twitter.com/dvdty david

    A few things to note:

    1. Seriously, Inquirer? This is what you call journalism these days? “Raising a question” without any kind of prior evidence to back it up, simply the fact that this has happened previously to another SC Justice?

    What if the Philippine Star publishes that “Christine Avendano, reporter for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, MAY be a child rapist and a murderer, because there have been cases where people have been child rapists and murderers. but since there is no evidence, let’s assume that she is!”?

    2. “Villarama said the court lowered the passing grade because the passing percentage for labor and social legislation, criminal law and remedial law turned out to be low.
    Villarama said he believed the low grades were a result of the multiple choice questions in the exam, which he found “confusing” because the choices seemed to be all correct.”

    This is by far the most embarrassing thing the SC and the Bar could have done. This just goes to show that the standard for being a lawyer in this country is purely arbitrary, up to the whims of people who couldn’t care less.

    Why didn’t they just revamp the entire exam so that there wouldn’t be any questions where the choices seemed to be all correct?

    This gives new meaning to the phrase, “lowering the Bar”.

    • a1phantom

      Didnt they do that to Corona…charging him with something that they dont have any evidence.

  • Concur_Dissent

    Christine O Avendano you should be ashamed of yourself! Si ERAP lang atmga kampon nya ang maniniwala agad sa reporting mo! kakahiya ka…

  • buttones

    If there is some sort of very weird tradition that dictates the lowering of the passing grade year by year, what will be the passing grade eventually? 1%?

    What has the religious period of Lent got to do with Bar Examination results?

    Being the 12th most populous nation on earth why can’t we get just one university/college in the top 300 ranking list?

    If it is the case that had not the passing grade been reduced only 6% would have passed,-from an un-ranked university- then it’s clear the standard of entry is dismal, and the teaching standard even worse.

    What sort of entry examination does one have to pass to actually get into UP?

    On HRH’s kid I suspect that his passing was rather more to do with a Divine intervention rather than the SC, that’s how his mother got the top job with minimal experience…..

  • bagombong

    Supposed, Sereno’s son got 73% or is in between 70 to 75 then by lowering the average percentage of bar exam give credit to Sereno son…anyway they haven’t release yet the grades of every takers…let’s see if they publish their grades which supposed to be not just the names of the passers and the topnatcher.

  • ever green

    kawawa din naman ung bata….just because he’s the son of the chief justice questionable agad ang kanyang grades???? Give him the benefit of the doubt……

    • RicDab

      That is the price of being an advocate of good governance. All aspects of their lives must be transparent to be a good example for everyone.

  • DinngMae

    Did Philippine Daily Inquirer casts doubt on the integrity of the 2012 bar examination by using the son of SC Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno as a cannon fodder?

    Reporter Christine O. Avendano tried to fan the flame of malice and intrigue when she wrote that SC spokesman Theodore Te “bristled at an Inquirer inquiry” by using a historical fact as a cover despite the clear reply of the latter that “it has no similarity to the Ericta case and even the insinuation, without nothing to back it up.”

    It cannot be considered that Te was spooked by the question of Avendano because the spokesman made it clear that such allegation cannot be substantiated but the reporter made it to appear otherwise.

    Which brings me to the conclusion that some mysterious voice must be spooking Avendano especially when the white envelope had been handed to her.

    • cowan2325

      the allegations cannot be substantiated?….ok, but what about the son’s passing the bar?

  • RicDab

    The administration is advocating the Tuwid na Daan, so why not just give the grade of Sereno’s son to put an end to all these speculations? Transparency will certainly reinforce the Tuwid na Daan. Unless…

  • Cranberry101

    Reasoning 101 Test: What are the facts raising the issue of law here?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

    it cannot help phillipiines progress this kind of profession.

  • Cranberry101

    The writer should respond in fairness to the readers to this question. What are the facts raising the issue of law here?

  • Maitum

    Why don’t Inquirer ask for all the grades of the passers and publish it in their newspaper for all to see?

    • ranjoranido

      tama! lahat ng magkaalaman na. yung iba dyan pasang awa lang eh.

    • wangad onlee

      yeah, why not…it will not occupy a big space if it follows right after the name. how about that mr(s) newspersons. very fair di po bah?

    • JasminCubacub

      Inquirer itself published the list of the 2012 bar passers. But what it is after now is the grades of Sereno’s son.. his grades before and after adjustment.

  • PinasK0ngMahal

    pity you but people who knows JL Sereno knows he will make it. He is among the top 20 from the graduating class of Ateneo. Baka isampal pa sa mukha nyo ang scores nya. And think about it, di ba kalaban ni CJ Sereno ang mga justices? Gagawa ba siya ng ANOMALYA para magkaroon ng reason sila justices De CASTRO, VELASCO, PERALTA etc ng rason mapatalsik si CJ?

    • mad_as_Hamlet

      * * * * * * * * * *
      Wouldn’t that be speculatory? Would not it be equally possible that, without the participation of CJ Sereno, De CASTRO, VELASCO, PERALTA, etc. precisely agreed to a lowering of the passing score so that an issue concerning the CJ’s son would be generated, they having priot knowledge that he was not a passer per the usual 75% rule?

      • PinasK0ngMahal

        indeed, so many things possible. Last year, the en banc also lowered the passing rate which resulted to having one of the most number of passers. If it was not lowered and JL still makes it, then “speculative/malicious” people will say, “just because JL already made the cut, the en banc did not lower the passing rate”.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    * * * * * * * * * *
    Why not the Supreme Court instead consider doing a flip-flop? One that would land itself on its feet on the ground. Revert back to the TRUE results which showed only 361 passed the 2012 bar exams.

    • JasminCubacub

      Too late to do this! A FLIP-FLOP COULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE IF THE RESULTS WERE NOT YET RELEASED/PUBLISHED! Those flip-flop decisions in certain political were possible because they were not yet final and executory. But the bsr results are released and published only after they become final.

  • jtpa

    Journalist engaging on witch hunt. What a disgrace!

  • jtpa

    Philippines normally use the “normal curve” of grading system. This system considers the highest, the lowest and the rest of the examinees mark and the passing mark may adjust. This is true even in most Universities. For example, if the passing mark is 75% and everyone gets a grade between 80%-95% (score/total number of question or the equivalent calculation), the passing mark may adjust to around 85%-87.5%. This means that if you took the exam and you got 80% – sorry ka na lang pero there is a big possibility na babagsak ka. So if you are taking any board exams, make sure you are in the top 20% of each subject para sure kang papasa. So I am not really surprise of the bar exam’s passing grade being adjusted. I took my CPA long time ago and my score is 83.57% – Not great but pwede na.

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Kung may naamoy sila na may rigging na ginawa para pumasa ang anak, then is is just not right. Pero kung wala naman, puweda ba na manahimik na lang sila kung sinumang herodes sila. Naghahasik lang sila ng maling pananaw sa anak ni CJ. Kung meron man that is the time na pupuwede itong news na ito.

  • kevinmcn

    could it be, if they keep lowering the passing grade it will soon require a 40% target. It would seem that the most important part of the test may be negotiations,as in the practice of paying off people to get cases resolved as it seems you now only need to know less then 3/4 of the law to pass the bar. No real need to know the law.

  • joshmale2004

    The job of PDI is to present a news item as it unfurls or based on actual facts. What PDI is doing with Sereno son is witch hunting for some issues they want to build up and not news presenting. PDI should uphold its professionalism and not engage in payola newscasting whoever want the result of Sereno’s test. He is a private citizen so leave him that be.

  • Vertumnus

    Simple inquiry. Show the people what passing grade Sereno’s son got to pass the bar exam. It’s relevant because of the significant lowering of the passing grade. Sereno should know that being in the Supreme court, her son could warrant more scrutiny than others. Reveal the grade before this whole thing becomes a big scandal.

  • Fulpol

    Sereno: my son’s successful passing of the bar exam is God’s grace… my son’s ability is short but because of God’s grace, he passed it.. thank God..

    grade fixing? I will attribute that to God….

  • Fulpol

    why Te was so defensive??

    Te, now the new Midas of Supreme Court?

    • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

      my answer is ….”yes?”

      walang pinagkaiba kay corona.

    • JasminCubacub

      Te owes his job to Sereno. So it is normal that he protects or defends her.

  • tenyearsafter

    Kung pasado naman siya bakit mahihiya paalam grade. Marami ang naging magaling na abogado na hindi naman mataas ang grade. Dapat ilabas niya para protektahan integredad ng nanay niya at ng SC.

  • Jhhayme

    If you ask someone by the palace near the river, he would blame corona….as instigator hahaha

  • PH2011

    The adjustment of passing grades usually follows the rule of supply and demand.

    Profession seems to be like commodity, regulated on what the market can bear. Local or overseas.

    Take a closer look of Engineering and nursing board results. It’s variable to a high of 70%+ down to a low of 10% in a span of 2-5 years. Hence, sometime (for others) it’s a matter of timing and luck to pass the board/bar.

    In previous cases, bar/board passing grades were adjusted to accommodate siblings of the examiners colleague/friends . That happened in previous bar and board
    examinations…probably until now.

    In my personal opinion, CJ Sereno son passing grade, is personal. We can demand but he has all the right to reject. Unless a court order issued or her son who is
    now a lawyer voluntarily divulged his grade.

    But it’s not in a dead bolt, sooner or later that will come out, there’s a lot of ways to kill a cat. Remember, a lady senator low bar result was divulged by her colleague, and remained unrebuffed.

  • Fulpol

    Meriam Santiago, got a low passing grade.. she is not proud about that…

    but Enrile knows it…

    come on Te.. for God sake… grade lang naman yan…

    who knows the son of CJ Sereno become a Senator someday… LOL

    • Jhhayme

      right sir ,not at all impossible…many lawyers that are “de campanilla” were not topnotchers visavis..some topnotchers are not necessarily good lawyers at alll

  • Jhhayme

    Poor Jose Lorenzo Sereno, for being the present CJ’s son ..lol

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    its a decent question. was the passing rate lowered because her son did not reach 75%?

    this is legal scum. if the qualified lawyers are only 10 people. so be it. its the only way to reduce the potential thieves, scums and opportunist in our country.

    however, by lowering it to 70%, they tripled the population of potential or actual scums.

    then again, its also possible that they tripled the population of potential public servants.

    • Jhhayme

      Naku!! baka makialam na senado ..tatawag ng hearing nanamn in aid of whatever….about bar exams…..lol

  • yyzxyz

    If it looks like a fish, feels like a fish and smells like a fish, it is a smelly, stinky fish!!!!!

    • Jhhayme

      it could be bagoong isda lol

  • Fulpol

    lowering the passing mark is a “legalized” grade fixing based on “tradition”…

    if Sereno got 71%, he passed because of the tradition to lower the passing mark every year..

    what a shame… LOL

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    bagsak anak ni sereno kapag 75% ang passing. wow! common sense.

    icheck nyo rin mga nak ng senators kung meron. tnx.

  • upupperclassman

    The action of Inquirer in shameful. By all means go ahead and perform your investigative journalism by looking at the records but not in a rumor-mongering manner. Sensation will not sell more of your newspaper. Do it in toilet!!!

    • Fulpol

      nagduda ang inquirer kasi naman ayaw ilabas ni Te… pwede bang yung 10 ten bar exam passers lang ang ilabas ang mga grades?

  • Jhhayme

    Sabagay matagal na naalala ko may leakage din sa bar exams di ba?

  • Fulpol

    lowering the passing mark because of “tradition”??.. grade fixing pa rin..

    kawawang Sereno, di umabot sa 75%…

    dahil sa tradition, pumasa… pero maliwanag grade fixing yun…

    hoy CJ Sereno, mahiya ka naman… pareho na kayo ng anak mo… failure sa mga exams.. ikaw failed sa pysche test.. LOL

  • Fulpol

    they released the grades of the top ten bar passers, and why can’t Te reveal the grade of Sereno??

    anong itinatago mo Te??? ano Te??

    if the reason they lowered the passing mark just to accomodate Sereno, they committed grave mistake… grade fixing…

    mahiya ka CJ Sereno… pangalawa na ito… kahit bagsak ka sa psyche test mo, tinanggap mo pa rin ang appointment mo..

    ano ito? mas lower ang standard ni Sereno kesa kay Corona? LOL

    • Jhhayme

      Dapat may FOI na noh..para makilatis mga exam papers for public interest
      ..especially in cases where bar exams are questionable

    • JosephNess

      then, they must release the grades of all passers…that’s according to your logic, my friend fulpol…

  • Fulpol

    nagkaroon ng grade fixing because of “tradition”… ano yan??

    this law profession got the strictest regulation… regulated to protect the public.. pero ginawa lang nilang moro-moro.. the heck?

    mas masahol pa ito sa bar exam leakage.. sa leakage, kung napatunayang nag-cheat.. tapos.. eh ito… ibinaba ng husto ang standard para ma-accomodate ang anak ng CJ.. yung bobo naging abugado dahil sa mababang standard.. ito na yung mas matinding cheating.. cheating – grade fixing…

    ano pang silbi ang regulation sa law… wala ng regulation.. si Sereno naging CJ kahit bagsak sa maraming requirements, gaya ng court litigation experience…

    18 years of Sereno bilang CJ.. after 18 years, ano na lang ang passing mark.. 10%?

    LOL

    • freeview

      Dapat raffle na lang kung ganun din pala, pababa ng pababa ang passing//..pababa ng pababa ng quality ng lawyers niyan ….raffle na lang at pumili ng 2000 names…No need to determine topnotchers…hayz kala ko may pagbabago..

  • Guest

    If it looks like a fish, feels like a fish and smells likes a fish, it is one stinky fish!!!! Go ahead moderator, delete my comment. You are one smelly P.O.S. too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7WVYACH32JLDC4COVIGJG4UNPU Ct

    I will bet my last penny, some how, Sereno’s SC position is enough for her son to hurdle the bar exams.

  • Guest

    If it looks like a fish, feels like a fish and smells like a fish, it is a stinky fish!!!Go ahead moderator, delete my comment. You are stinky P.O.S. too!!!

  • Dieserweg

    oR this may just be an attempt to revamp the Supreme Court because of the pending RH law deliberation. 10-5? Who would not get insecure?

  • Guest

    If it looks like a fish, feels like a fish and smells like a fish, it is a stinky fish!!!Go ahead moderator, delete my comment. You are stinky P.O.S. too!!! Delete it again…and have fun.

  • scorpio15

    Sanay ata itong Sumulat sa Dahon ng Saging. Kaya kung ano ano nalang ang inilagay sa dyaryo. Utak Alimasag ang kinalabasan.

  • Mr Moonlight

    Inquirer readers got too many idiot bloggers

    • JosephNess

      including you and me…of course…happy reading…hahahahaha…

    • Fulpol

      i don’t know if the bloggers are also the readers… welcome…

  • Vertumnus

    What tradition? 75% is a C, 71% is a D. If I hire a lawyer, I would want them to have at least an 80% passing grade. That tells me that they are knowledgeable enough to warrant giving them my money. Release the test score!

    • Fulpol

      if the lawyer is the son of the Chief Justice, you better hire him even he got the lowest grade…

      it’s not about his ability, it’s about his relationship, not to the law, but to the system…

      LOL

      • Vertumnus

        lol, well in that case I just might but 99% of lawyers don’t have relatives serving in the supreme court.

  • Sweet Disguised

    Every professors does that to a college/university student(s). Lets not forget the percentage of attendance, the class participation and group work. Maybe this journalist forgot these important methods back in school. If i was a professor, whether you are a son/daughter of an influential family “OR” NOT. And you are how many points to away to pass…. YES, I WILL ADD A BIT OF PERCENTAGE (ATTENDANCE/PARTICIPATION/GROUP WORK/HOME WORK). For the students sakes to pass. Lets not forget that the real “experience” is not always based in studies its based on your performance at work.

    • Vertumnus

      It’s no longer school, it’s the Bar exam! College grading curves should not apply.
      These are lawyers who could make or break their clients depending on their knowledge of the law.

  • PinasK0ngMahal

    last year, in the middle of the impeachment trial of Corona, the passing rate was also lowered that resulted to one of the most number of bar passers. Imagine what could have been more controversial if the passing rate was not lowered, eventually making only 385 passers and JL still makes it. Sasabihin naman natin, kesyo nakapasa na ang anak, hindi na binabaan ang passing rate? As i’ve heard from my UP friends who took and eventually passed, there is no doubt to the Atenean JL that he will make it. He belongs to the top 20 of his class.

  • JosephNess

    if they got confuse in answering multiple choice, the more they will get confuse practicing law…thus, except hiring lawyers passing this 2012 bar exams, unless they passed exemplary as standard for bar passers…they can not stand winning a case if you do…

  • John_Galt_II

    Walanghiyang Justice yan. Dahil sa lenten season maraing pasado? papano ang ramadan, hanukka at iba pang mga religious days?
    Ano yan exam ng mga pastor?

  • okabato

    If the passing grade of CJ Sereno’s son was fixed then we don’t have to wait long before the truth is out considering the CJ’s precarious relationship with her court.

  • Rosa Salabia

    How many Atenean lawyers does it take to make the Philippine economy grow? None….. because they law does not say how to make the Philippine economy grow.

  • Rosa Salabia

    How many UP lawyers does it take to make the Philippine economy grow? None….. Because UP lawyers know nothing but to squeeze the system dry.

  • Rosa Salabia

    How many San Beda lawyers does it take to make the Philippine economy grow? None…. They only follow the orders of the lawyers from UP and Ateneo…..

  • Rosa Salabia

    How many Ateneo, UP, and San Beda lawyers does it take to make the Philippine economy grow? ……… It does not matter, because no matter what they do, no matter what they say, no matter how hard these lawyers work, the non-law educated OFWs will ALWAYS, and I mean ALWAYS, bring in more dollars into the national economy than ALL the combined lawyers of the land……(visit me on Pesbok, i have more there :=)

  • chuggy

    Lower the test standards “in the spirit of the Lenten season”??? That’s insane. Go to any other civilized country and you will not find this kind of ridiculous leniency. What the H3LL does a religious holiday have to do with academic standards????? STUPID STUPID STUPID SUPREME COURT

  • chimney45

    maybe next time inquirer will ask what color of panty Sereno wears,what the name of their cat,poor inquirer just like a tabloid with nonsense news and commentary.

  • ApoNiLolo

    This is what they call “yellow journalism”. Leans more on sensationalism than a thoroughly research article. Me think, it’s more of a tabloid material with its innuendo and malicious element.

  • b0b

    AJ Villarama’s pronouncement is scary and disappointing. The lowering of the passing grade was made “in the spirit of the Lenten season”. It is similar to CJ Sereno’s remarks: “Sya lamang po ang nagtalaga sa inyong lingkod. Siguro po ay panahon na
    upang ibigay ang liderato [ng Korte Suprema] sa Kanyang isang abang
    lingkod (Only God put me in this position. It seemed like it was time to
    give the leadership of the Supreme Court to one of his servants.) These people in the SC should be basing all their pronouncements, decisions and remarks on logic and reason, not religion and faith.

  • Lolo_Basyong

    If Te and Chief Justice Sereno aren’t hiding anything, they should volunteer the boy’s bar grade. Invoking the word ‘personal’ only raises suspicion. I am also against the practice of lowering the passing grade to allow more examinees to pass. It lowers the standard, and caliber, of our lawyers.

  • ruthieem7

    And this is front page news? Wow ha. Misleading title pa. Spooks SC Exec, e Mr. Te answered the question in point of fact.

  • User Guest

    lol so afraid of a simple question … a** lickers and apologists having their time

  • diva44

    I am one of the classmates of CJ Sereno’s son and I condemn this article. Why do you even need to question the guy’s grades given that you don’t even have any proof or any reason to question his passing of the bar exams? First, he is an intelligent person who passed Ateneo Law School without the help of his mother. Moreover, the Supreme Court has long been lowering the passing rate of bar examinees EVERY SINGLE YEAR. Why do you question this one? It’s obvious that PDI had malicious intent in posing this article. Even if you asked Ted Te of the grades of any other bar examinee and not just CJ Sereno’s son, he still wouldn’t give you their grade BECAUSE ITS A PERSONAL MATTER. This is the 2nd lowest bar passing rate in the history of the Philippine bar exams plus CJ Sereno inhibited herself from the deliberations yet you still think she had something to do with lowering the passing rate of the bar exams???

    • cowan2325

      so, was the grade of your classmate 75% or higher? what do you think?

    • Concur_Dissent

      the real kicker is the audacity of the reporter to insinuate a possible ericta scandal in the offing. The reporter knows full well that in the case of Ericta, the SC SINGLED OUT the test paper of a collegue’s son who failed the exams, which was regraded to make him pass…. In the instant case, the SC made an across the board lowering of passing average…. In fact, no one knows if the sereno kid did benefit from this decision by the SC…

      THIS REPORTER SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HERSELF!

  • i_am_filipino

    Well, in europe, the questionnaire must be designed with simplicity and not intend for examinees to get confused. So even if the student is so clever, he would think twice because of stupid questions. Europe designed an international regulation for maritime sectors that would give only a very specific questions that will not confuse the candidate. If you examine the PRC questionnaire, some of the questions are confusing, intended for the examinees, either knowledgeable or not, to make mistake. THIS IS TOTALLY A BEAUROCRATIC IDEA TO GAIN PERSONAL INTEREST IN THE GOVERNMENT KAYA USO ANG BAYARAN AT LEAKAGES DYAN SA LOOB NG MGA NAGBIBIGAY NG EXAMS. BATO BATO SA LANGIT, SAPUL MGA HYPOCRITES.

  • berong es

    hindi isusugal ni CJ sereno ang pwesto nya sa CJ sa board passing ng anak nya given the fact na maraming ayaw sa kanya sa SC.alam nya,sigurado,may pipiyok pag nakialam sya.kung bumagsak man ang anak nya,may tsansa pa naman kumuha sa susunod pero kung may umusok na intriga na nakialam sya sa grades ng anak nya,di na maibabalik ang mawawala.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

      ANG TANONG MAY DELICADEZA BA SIYA

  • feargo

    that part about sereno’s grade is irrelevant to the story. where’s the editor?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

      BRAD JOEY IKAWBA YAN

  • beerhunters

    will the supreme court ALSO lower the passing mark in the spirit of the Islamic holiday season, ‘RAMADAN”??
    “Allah is our Lord, Mohammed is our Leader, Qur’an is our Constitution, Shariah is our Law, Shahadat is our Desire, Jihad is our Way, to Chop Off the hands and heads of unbelieversINFIDELS wherever we find them is our Bounden Duty.” Allahu Akbar!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

    buti may nanay na chief justice si brad joey pumasa siya sa bar exam eh mahina naman talaga siya

  • barangayboso

    With due respect this should not be news at all..

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

      TANGA KA BA… ANG LAKING ISYU TO… YEAR IN YEAR OUT BINABABA ANG PASSING MARK PARA LANG MA-ACCOMODATE ANG GA ANAK NG JUSTICES

      • siJuanDalandan

        Do you even know the bar exam score of the CJ Sereno’s son?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

        ALAM KO 70.015

      • siJuanDalandan

        If what you say is true (i.e. that CJ Sereno’s son got a score of 70.015), then the Inquirer raised a very legitimate question.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

        very reliable pare nakita ku mismo

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

    gANYAN TALAGA ANG SUPREME COURT TAILOR-FITTING YUNG PASSING MARK PAG MAY ANAK ANG MGA JUSTICES NA NAG-EXAM KUNG 75 ANG PASSING MARK DAPAT 75 LANG WAG NANG IBABA, SO BE IT KUNG MARAMING BABAGSAK

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

    MAM LOURDES CONGRATS NATUPAD DIN YUNG PANGARAP NIYO NG MAGIGING ABOGADO SI BRAD JOEY

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

    congratulations once again brad joey abogago este abogado ka na!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

    IMPEACHMENT NA YAN… CALLING ATTY. LOZANO…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

    ATTY. LOZANO.. IKAW NA MAUNA IMPEACH MU NA LAHAT ANG MGA JUSTICES

  • malek_abdul

    If those who feel there is or was an anomaly in lowering the passing grade of the just concluded bar exam because one of the bar taker is son of CJ Sereno, perhaps you can file impeachment for the involved AJs. If lowering the passing percentile benefited Jose Lorenzo Sereno then by all means pass a resolution and complaint disallowing the lowering of the passing mark from 75% to 70% and invalidating the bar passers below 75%.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

      IMPEACH NA YAN…

  • siJuanDalandan

    I can see why the question was raised. You will recall that the passing grade was adjusted — from the original 75, it was lowered to 70. Now, if CJ Sereno’s son was among those who scored lower than the original passing grade of 75, then I cannot blame any journalist from inquiring why the passing grade was lowered to 70.

    However, even assuming the CJ Sereno’s son was among those who scored lower than the original passing grade, I do not think that the adjustment was done for his benefit given that (1) CJ Sereno recused herself from the proceeding, and (2) the adjusted of the passing grade was a collegial decision of the justices.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

      MAGANDANG PALUSOT YAN… PWEDE KANA RING MAGING ABOGADO… DELICADEZA AMONG PUBLIC OFFICIALS ESPECIALLY AMONG OUR MAGISTRATES IS A LONG FORGOTTEN WORD….

    • Vertumnus

      It’s called professional courtesy. It’s favor done for the benefit of a colleague. Sereno didn’t have to be part of it for the rest of the judges to lower the passing grades by 5 points.

  • joshmale2004

    The job of PDI is to present a news item as it unfurls or based on actual facts. What PDI is doing with Sereno son is witch hunting for some issues they want to build up and not news presenting. PDI should uphold its professionalism and not engage in payola newscasting whoever want the result of Sereno’s test. He is a private citizen so leave him that be.

    • Vertumnus

      There is precedence to ask a valid question. To drop passing grade by 5 points is highly significant. Sereno is probably aware that her son will be in greater scrutiny because of her position in the supreme court. If they reveal the grades of the top- notchers, why not the son of the supreme court justice? Surely they have nothing to hide?

      • joshmale2004

        Give me proof of the 70.0015 and I will personally see castigation of these SC judges. If none, this is just character assassination and it’s not good.

      • Vertumnus

        What character assassination you talking about when the question merely pertain to the passing grade of Serenos’s son. How is that character assassination especially when there is precedence to grade tampering in the past. Simple question deserve simple answer.
        By skirting the question it merely begs for more questions and suppositions!

      • joshmale2004

        That will be the case if the person claiming that he got 70% that’s why SC reduced the passing from 75 to 70. Is that not fair? If not, then how do you call someone throwing an issue without presenting proof?

      • Vertumnus

        By refusing to answer a simple question, they beg for more questions. 5 point reduction is HUGE! Where is the standard when lowering the passing grade is based on how small the number of people passing the bar exam? How fair is that to previous exam takers that got 74% and failed?

      • joshmale2004

        Okay, then question the wisdom behind that decision to the SC justices and to be fair with everyone, do not single out one person who you think benefited from this decision. All examiners who garnered 70 to 75 should be included in the equation. My point is do you have proof that Sereno got 70 which compelled the magistrates to lessen the passing grade? For all you know he might be in the 80 mark and those people with 70 to 75 will fail if the SC reverse it self. You are not getting my point. Reserve your suspicions until you have even a slight proof of singling out one guy.This is a bar exam and accusing someone without a proof will not stand scrutiny.
        And why would SC answer a simple question by giving out information on a single person being targeted when this is considered confidential. Even doctors never divulge informations and findings on their client without prior consent or they will be liable in court for breaching their oath.

      • Vertumnus

        You are comparing apples and oranges. Doctor patient confidentiality is not public domain. Bar exam results are and I don’t understand all the secrecy concerning the passing grade of the son of the supreme court justice. Reveal it and let all the conjectures fly in whatever directions they lead. This whole thing is getting blown out of proportion because of a simple question.

      • joshmale2004

        No I am not Sir. You are the one trying to make a ghost out of nothing. In all professional board exams, only the top 10 are publicly published with their scores. The rest, they only publish by names alphabetically. So what’s your reason to deviate from the norm if you do not have other malicious intent?

      • Vertumnus

        Deviate from the norm? why don’t you ask the supreme court why deviate 5 points? Malicious intent? I have none since I have no vested interest on who becomes a lawyer in the Philippine. However my only concern is whether the lowering of the passing grade was purely for altruistic reasons or done as professional courtesy. If there are no precedence of grade tampering, this issue would not have arisen.

      • joshmale2004

        We are not getting somewhere here. My only comment above is, is it PDI’s job to look into one’s confidential record? And you all counter commented already. On your part just answer my comment above. Is it PDI’s job of News Reporting to scrutinize one person’s private and confidential information? Just answer yes or no and I rest my case.

      • Vertumnus

        The answer is yes. PDI is a newspaper and as such has a duty to do Investigative journalism even of private citizens, specially if that private citizen is connected to someone adjudicating the law.

      • joshmale2004

        Then okay. I just want confirmation from someone that this is part of Investigative Journalism and not for malice intent. Thank you for confirming that for me.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q2EFFJUNBLYFKXTUS6CZEA6GVA Waldy

        kung walang itinatago then be transparent… CJ SERENO should be the first person to divulge the rating of her son in order to avoid any suspicion…

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q2EFFJUNBLYFKXTUS6CZEA6GVA Waldy

        cno po kayo at kaya niyong icastigate ang mga sc justices

      • joshmale2004

        No need for u to know. I can pull strings some times.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

        siguro puppeteer po kayo… magkano po professional fee niyo at ma-hire po kayo sa bday ng anak ko…

      • joshmale2004

        Hindi po. Highly paid accountant at finance advisor po ako. Tiyak na di nyo po kaya rate ko pag nag freelance ako. Pero pwede ko kayo pagbigyan for a pro fee of P20k for 1 hour all in na po. Payag po ba kayo? Bigay nyo FB nyo at kontakin ko kayo.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

        ah nagbebenta po kayo ng insurance… magkano naman po yong monthly premium…

      • joshmale2004

        Marketing graduate at mga bagong graduate ang tinutukoy mo iho. Maliit lang ang commission dyan. Nakapag aral po ba kayo?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

        yung nagbenta sa kin ng insurance sa prulife uk,,, financial advisor ang nasa calling card niya…bonds and stocks ang specialty niya, sabagay barya lang naman siguro yung 35% commission niya sa kinuha kong 10 million na insurance… btw… college graduate po ako.. VP lang naman ng isang MNC

      • joshmale2004

        Ganun naman po pala eh. Mataas din po pala naabot nyo. Sana naman hindi ganun kababa ang tingin nyo sa ibang tao lalo pag di nyo kilala dahil hindi lang naman kayo ang may mataas na pwesto. Kahit mas mababa sa atin ang kausap natin eh galangin po natin. Sinusubukan nyo kasi pagkatao ko. Eh nagkataon parehas siguro level natin. Wag nyo po sana mamasamain payo ko. for your info po, hindi lang limited sa insurance ang pagiging Financial Adviser. Ginagamit yan sa lahat ng investments, ng mga MNC na kinabibilangan nyo, mga bangko, financial intermediaries-foreign or local, at production companies

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

        EH SABI NIYO PO YOU CAN PULL STRINGS… LALO NA SA MGA JUSTICES NG SC… EH MALAY KO BANG ACCOUNTANT O FINANCIAL ADVISIOR KAYO, EH ANG NAKIKITA KO LANG NAMAN NA MAGALING MAG-PULL STRINGS EH YUNG MGA PUPPETTEERS…. SURI KUNG NAAPAKAN EGO NIYO SIR… BTW.. MARANGAL A TRABAHO PO ANG PUPPETEER AT INSURANCE AGENT…. MARAMI SILANG NAPAPASAYA AT NATUTULUNGAN…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

      si brad joey di talaga dapat pumasa yan mahina siya, kahit tanungin niyo classmates niya, … kaya nga 70.0015 nakuha niya… kung hindi ibinababam papasa ba siya, my goodness CHIEF JUSTICE ka, por delicadeza, sabihin mu na dapat 75 ang passing grade, walang exemption kahit ba damay ang anak mu… kung ganoon ang attidude ni serrano mas marami pa ang hahanga sa kanya, kaso, inuna niya ang sariling kapakanan, para magkaroon ng anak na abogado…

      • joshmale2004

        Give me proof of the 70.0015 and I will personally see castigation of these SC judges. If none, this is just character assassination.

  • parefrank

    Wow, all the yellows jump in to shield Noy’s lapdog baby. There is more than enough reason to ask if a son of a CJ has undue advantages in grading, which maybe does not match his average knowlwdge during his study,
    Whenever there is something to hide then there is something wrong.

  • Pangasugan

    In the spirit of the lenten season???!! Of all the people, these SC justices should be the first one to know that making and implementing rules in a secular society should not be impacted by religion. Sana sinabi na lang na “the adjustment in the passing grade was made because there are reasons to believe that some questions in the exam are vague and it would be an injustice if we stick to the original passing mark”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

      INJUSTICE kanino!!! eh di pinasa na lang sana yung lahat ng examinee kung ganyan din lang ang explanation…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

    SERRANO resign now!!!

    • malek_abdul

      Sereno po hindi Serrano

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

        SORI SIRA NO RESIGN NOW…

    • Vertumnus

      Why should she? She didn’t do anything wrong.

  • Fernando L Habito

    It’s only in the PH where results of all types of exams are published for the entire nations consumption which looks more of an advertisements and show up of achievement for jobs marketing opportunities .In real world passing these exams alone are not GUARANTEE FOR SUCCESS…To certain number of people whose academic ego were built by getting a good passing grades in the exams, became the cause of frustrations when they realized that there are more things to learn in the jobs than just passing the exams.So why glorify it too much and become a nation of academic maniacs.If ever something wrong happen in the examination process that went wrong..It is because of those exams administrators who are at fault.Even the system of putting the questions to be answered need to be evaluated carefully and must be framed carefully based on the current needs of the professions. The result of the exams should protect the privacy of the examinees even he/she is a son or daughter of a prominent personality.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

    BRAD JOEY SABIHIN MU KASI NA 70.0015 ang GRADE MU, IKAW NA MISMO ANG UMAMIN AT KUNG AKO SA YO, I WILL REFUSE TO TAKE OATH AS A LAWYER, ULITIN KO NA LANG NA MAGEXAM, PETITION KA ULI SA SUPREME COURT AND OF COURSE PRECEDENCE YAN, LALONG YAYAMAN ANG JURISPRUDENCE NATIN,,,

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q2EFFJUNBLYFKXTUS6CZEA6GVA Waldy

      congrats kay sj lourdes serrano at kay brod joey…. fair n square na
      pumasa si brod joey… 88.l97 ang rting niya… nasa top 11 siya

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

        ABER… ilabas nga ang rating niya para makita…

  • kilabot

    psycho test results ni noykapon at cj sereno ayaw ilabas.
    ngayon itong bar exams result ng anak ni cj ayaw din;
    kung pumasa baket ayaw ilantad para matapos na hakahaka;
    baket nilabas yung grades ng top 10, aber?
    kung walang tinatago wag matakot ilabas;
    wag gawing kumplikado ang simpleng bagay.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

      GRADE NI BRAD JOEY 70.0015 NAKITA KU MISMO… AND I DARE ANYONE TO PROVE ME THAT I AM WRONG…

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucio.v.liwanag Lucio V Liwanag

    Why did they lowered the passing grade if not to just accomodate somebody…. just look around us , we have so many corrupt lawyers.tsk tsk tsk… pera pera lang , gone where the days when we respect the lawyers with principles , dignity and honor.

  • JasonBieber

    Enough with the questions…aren’t people aware that anyone part of Team PNoy is barred from being questioned? Anyone with PNoy does not share the same rules and regulations as the rest of the Philippines. They are above that.

  • disqus_WIkXYUshrh

    Senseless news title and body.

  • revitor

    It seems the media and most of the Filipinos over-glorify the legal profession. This can be observed ever since the time when we had the two-party system where the best lawyers get elected in the senate. This created the trend for the lawyers to be look at as celebrities. Until now we still expect the lawyers to be the best option in governance. Aided by the over-eager media, starting from taking the bar examination until given the result, media looks like hounds sniffing at them. Now the likes of Chiz Escudero, Cayetano, etc., still think they are the cream of the professions. If we think deeply, what profession connotes national development? Filipinos, please think and decide wisely. In this election, let’s start to change our paradigm. There are professions who really work for real economic development. Nurses, doctors, engineers, accountants. These people work for the success of any business enterprise. Look at the cancelled big ticket projects that until now, the country has suffered the ill-effects. The BNPP, NAIA 3, Laguna de Bay dredging project and many more. These were scuttled not because of their supposed benefits but because of trivial legal matters giving opportunity to a lawyer to make it big.

  • JasminCubacub

    So, what action now will the Inquirer take after Te’s refusal to release any info regarding Te manner John Lorenzo Sereno passed the bar exams? The 2012 Bar committee chairman should clear himself now.

  • http://twitter.com/CeriseDavid Cerise David

    Noong ibinaba ba ang passing score, tsaka lang pumasa ang anak ni Sereno? Hindi naman kailangan ibigay ang exact score eh. Yes or No would be enough.

  • Guest

    “Villarama said he believed the low grades were a result of the multiple choice questions in the exam, which he found “confusing” because the choices seemed to be all correct.”

    Yet the top-notchers from Ateneo didn’t seem confused by the multiple choice questions. If that were the case, prior to the printing of the exam, surely someone proofread the whole exam to see how difficult or confusing it is and made necessary changes? Just exactly how many confusing multiple choice questions where there to warrant dropping the passing grade by 5 points?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q2EFFJUNBLYFKXTUS6CZEA6GVA Waldy

    congrats kay sj lourdes serrano at kay brod joey…. fair n square na pumasa si brod joey… 88.l97 ang rting niya… nasa top 11 siya

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

      IPAKITA ANG EBIDENSIYA

  • parefrank

    Very correct to ask. Why not just straight answer? If there is to hide, the it means the son maybe got a “Chief Justice” bonus.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

      sagutin mu ang tanong CJ Sereno ano ang grade ng anak mo???

  • JosephNess

    if the intention of this article is only to inquire for the grade of the son of CJ Sereno, this should not have been published…thus, the reason was not for inquiry but to shame the good name of the CJ…the intention was very clear, that’s why this was publish for all to react, judged and doubt CJ Sereno…everyone knew that any results of any kind of board exams are for one personal eyes only, unless one willingly show what grade one got in the board exam, thus, why inquire and publish it in media just because you were not given what you seek for? what an irresponsible journalist this writer was and the inquirer is just pathetic giving its consent to publish this….

  • parefrank

    Haha, if the students are too dull to pass the exam, simply lower the passing grade until they can pass. And that are then the lawyers who become politicians and judges, justices,

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

      MAGANDANG PRECEDENCE YAN NG SUPREME COURT… NEXT YEAR IBABABA NA NAMAN ANG PASSING PERCENTAGE…PUSTAHAN TAYO

  • Horst Manure

    The good thing is only a low number passed so the general public is saved from these liaryers being out there to fleece them until their money runs out.
    The whole set up is as phoney as glass eye from the Department of Jokes (DOJ ) to the Real Time Cowboys ( RTC).

    No wonder the Philippines judiciary is slight better than Indonesia.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q2EFFJUNBLYFKXTUS6CZEA6GVA Waldy

    congrats kay cj lourdes serrano at kay brod joey…. fair n square na
    pumasa si brod joey… 88.l97 ang rting niya… nasa top 11 siya

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YO4QYV7TG6VV5TSKPZXNKQHKUE Brando

      Huh? Upang hindi mahalata. Pwedeng maging senate president o Senador. Si Enrile no. 11. Si Miriam nowhere in top 1,000. 76% ang grade.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

        top 11 pala eh…eh di walang problema… ilabas mu na kasi yug mataas na grade ng anak mo CJ sereno at matapos na ang gulo.

  • muddygoose

    Just publish the grades. We have a problematic culture where even dedicated public servants resort to dishonesty or even crime for their family. Transparency can help fix this eventually.

  • upupperclassman

    Let us ask Supreme Court to give the corresponding grades of those who passed the bar. This will be good for people who need to engage the services of lawyers and be able to pay them accordingly.

  • tweakthor

    Test construction …. obviously most lawyer examiners have not heard nor practice the science of test construction. Also, the MPL or the minimum pass level per question should have been determined for the multiple choice questions. ex: if the answer to the 4 choices is obvious, then the MPL of that question is 1 … if the student can likely narrow the answers to 2 choices, then the MPL is .5 … and if it will be so difficult to choose the correct answer among the 4 choices then the MPL for that question is .25. If it was done this way, then there will be basis for a minimum pass level for the multiple choice questions. So that if there were 100 multiple choice questions and those were confusing as claimed by the Bar chairman since most questions seemed to give all correct choices, then the MPL may be low like 40, instead of 75. The lowering from 75 to 70 was just pure guesswork without basis whatsoever!!!

    Obviously the BAR examiners do not know TEST construction and the concept of the MPL. They should get professional help from the National Teachers College of the Philippine Normal College who are experts in these.

  • boybakal

    Now, I found the reason why…
    I was a son of Barbero. When I first took the bar exam, my grade was 74.1 and the passing grade was fixed to 75.
    Succeeding bar exam passing grade is lowered every now and then.

    Maybe if I was the son of Justice, they have lowered the grade to 70 for accommodation.
    Now, I follow my father’s job…..Barbero hindi Abogago.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

      tama ka… naging anak ka na lang sana ng cheap justice at naging abogado ka na sana…

  • ranjoranido

    MALICIOUS NEWS. Lumipat ka nga sa entertainment section Christine O. Avendaño (Article writer).

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

      anong malicious… DELICIOUS NEWS yan… at least nabulgar ang baho ng SUPREME COURT

      • ranjoranido

        may napatunayan na ba? sigurado ba sila na below 75% ang grade ng anak ni sereno? wala naman silang napatunayan, puro sila DOUBT, kaya di umaasenso ang pilipinas eh

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

        KAYA DI UMAASENSO ANG PILIPINAS, PAG MATAAS NA TAO ANG MAY KASALANAN, PINAPABAYAAN LANG, PAGMAHIRAP, IKINUKOLONG KAAGAD….. IKULONG YAN SI SERANO… BALIW YAN

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

        ang tanga mu naman pre… pareho lang yata kay ni brad joey…public figure yung nanay ni brad joey , expected na pagpipistahan yng private life… sabi ng jurisprudence there is no privacy among public figures… gets mo…

      • ranjoranido

        ikaw ang tanga. patunayan muna. period. wala naman patunay eh. sampali kita dyan eh.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

        ang bobo at bar flunker nagsalita… alam ko bestfriend mu si brad joey…. pero alam na alam mu naman na bobo yung boyfriend este bestfriend mu… kahit sa nanay niyang CJ ka magtanong… alam niyang mahina si brad joey….pa-explain mo kay brad joey yung writ of habeas corpus at siguradong mangangamote siya…

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

        singliwanag ang buwan ang ebidensiya… silence means acceptance of guilt, hanggang di ipinapakita ni LOURDES at JOEY ang bar rating, magdududa ang taong bayan… isa lang ang solusyon ilabas ang grade ni JOEY SERENO para mapatunayan na di siya beneficiary sa pagbaba ng bar rating… naghihintay ang taong bayan…

      • ranjoranido

        ummm dapat nga ipakita na nila LAHAT ng result ng nag exam then if 75% up ang sa anak ni sereno the you SHUT UP. para masupalpal ka na at manahimik ka. besides, di papayag ang mga kalaban ni sereno sa SC kung alam nila na may kalokohan si sereno, karamihan sa associate justice ng SC kaaway ni sereno. en banc naman ang mag dedesisyon nyan not to mention naka inhibit sya. sa dami ng kaaway nya sa SC more than enough na sila to have a check and balance. gets mo carlos? o wala ka naintindihan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zigmar.torres Zigmar Torres

    Check you facts. Fernando did not resign because of Ericta Bar fiasco

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

    CJ SERENO ano ang RATING ng ANAK MO????

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

    CJ SERENO ano ang RATING ng ANAK MO???? PAKITA MU ANO ANG RATING NG ANAK MO AT SIGURADONG MAMAMATAY NA ANG ISSUE…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

    isang tanong isang sagot, CJ sereno, ano ang bar rating ng anak niyo?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

    may i rephrase my question your honor, if you failed to undertand it…Did Your son Joey, get a grade below 75?

  • $16638896

    question lng, paki answer lng sa mga may alam. confidential ba ang mga grades ng nakapasa sa bar? dba public record ito? thanks for the info!

  • okabato

    Simple question merits simple answer, and that would be Sereno’s son is not in the top ten so his passing grade is confidential and it is up to him if he wants to make it public. Much ado about nothing unless there is proof of hanky panky

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

      hanky panky nga yung pagbaba ng pagbaba ng passing rate ng bar dahil hindi umabot yung anak ni sereno…

  • eltee mulawin

    >>> OMG …. Sa tuwina ang media kapag may issue, may itinanong, may niiliwanag, may ininterview, may naisiwalat at may nabanggit na hindi kapaki-pakinabang at hindi kapuri-puri sa ikinauukulan o nakapwestong opisyal ay sasabihin “ang media ay malisyoso, bias, baseless, intellectual dishonesty, atbp.”.

    >>>pero nakalimutan ng lahat magmula June year 2010 hanggang mahirang at iluklok sa pwesto si Ms Sereno bilang SC-CJ, bawat individual, grupo at pulitiko ay halos laman ng pahayagan at balita sa TV at radyo ang kani-kanilang mga sa loobin, damdamin, akusasyon, pang-aalipusta, panghuhusga at kung anu-anong mga paninirang puri NA AYON SA KANILA KARAPATAN NG MAMAYAN MALAMAN ANG LAHAT LAHAT NA KATOTOHAN AT AYON SA KANILA ITO AY NASASAAD SA KARAPATAN PANGTAO AT PANGLIPUNAN AT BAHAGI NG FREEDOM OF SPEECH AT INFORMATION !!.
    >>>KAYA NG MAUPO ANG LAHAT AT PALITAN ANG MGA DATI, SINABI NG PAMAHALAAN ITO AT LAGING SINASABI LALO NA SA ELEKSYON ITO….”TRANSPARENCY AND STRAIGHT PATH GOVERNANCE”.
    >>>Kaya sa lahat ng mga namumuno, opisyal at mamayan ng bansang Pilipinas…IF THEY SAID SO……tulad ng sabi sa Biblia …LET THAT BE WRITTEN AND LET THAT BE DONE !!

  • eltee mulawin

    >>>Sabi ni Nguyngoy…Transparency and Straight Path governance…!!!
    >>>So LET THAT BE WRITTEN, SO LET LET THAT BE DONE !!!!

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    in case, baka may nagpalakasan at lahat silang mga justices o madami sa kanila ay may kamag anak na nagexam na hindi pumasa sa 75 pero papasa sa 70.

    ganun kasimple.

    baka lang naman.

    pakilagay din ang listahan in case na 75 ang passing para malaman namin ang di namin irerekomenda na abogado.

    daming salamat.

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    the inq is right.

  • henry21

    So what is the grade of Sereno’s son? does the lowering of the passing grade to accomodate her son? this is not personal. this is for the truth. let the people know the truth…

  • TEAM PNOY

    inq should pursue the truth!

  • E-Jay Fragante Pagalilauan

    Pag UP LAW yan then the guy is beyond suspicion. He is Caesar’s wife.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

      WITH ALL DUE RESPECT MAYROON DIN PON HINDI PAMAPASA NA GALING A UP LAW…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

    THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE…. LOURDES…. ILABAS MO ANG GRADENI BRAD JOEY!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

    TANG ‘NA PATI FRAT NAMIN DAMIN DIYAN SA KALUKUHAN I LOURDES

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

    PANAWAGAN KAY MAM LOURDES AT BRAD JOEY ILABAS MO ANG RATING MO

  • disqus_zHdrxFdM0O

    pwede pa lang ibaba ang passing rate pag maraming bagsak! para ano pa ang exam kung ganito ang praktis? wag na lang mag-exam a! para fair sa lahat! ano ito para i-accomodate ang anak ni sereno? wtf

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

      tumpak ka pare ko…. MAY TAMA KA… ESTE TAMA KA….

  • noypi_ako

    Miss Christine O. Avendaño, you are a bad person….I know Inquirer really doesn’t approve of CJ Sereno, but this one is way too personal.

  • deborah.shalom

    This is cheap journalism, and reflective of the way Philippine MEDIA has come to trivialise and personalise news making (look at the undue front page coverage of Kris Aquino’s latest family drama, or the Ongpauco-Chi Escudero-Heart romance saga). It is faulty reasoning, and downright malicious for The Inquirer to assume that the 1982 Ericta case would have probable ‘application’ in the bar passing of the son of Chief Justice Sereno. A known woman of integrity and committed Christian, the “fishing” for news, and publication of this piece reflects the lack of regard for her person and what she stands for. Christine O. Avendaño should learn the basics of mass communication, and be discriminating on the person she targets for public scrutiny. She should be taught to do background research on the persons she is writing about,especially the Chief Justice of the land. By the mere act of writing this trash news item, she has cast doubts about the integrity of one woman leader who went through close scrutiny and character review before she was appointed to a position equal to the Presidency. By referring to ‘justices resignation’ arising from what she is suggesting to be a precedence to an imagined other scandal, Avendaño has already shown her bias. Pls. let her go back to basic training in responsible, socially-minded journalism. The readers of The Inquirer deserve better things to read than her brand of journalism.

  • ranjoranido

    dapat ipakita ang result not because may doubt sa anak ni sereno but para malaman sino ba ang mga pulpul na abogado, yung tipong ang grade eh pasang ayaw lang at pang notary public lang para alam mo kung de kalibre ang kinukuha mong abugado. may mga abugado kasing umasta akala mo bar topnocher! yun pala affidavit of loss lang ang kayang gawin.

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