Oath-taking of new lawyers postponed for Obama visit

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Friday, April 25, 2014

MORE than a thousand law graduates who passed the 2013 Bar examinations would have to wait another week before they will be formally recognized as new lawyers.

Supreme Court (SC) spokesperson Theodore Te said Friday the justices decided to move the ceremony to May 5 instead of April 28, the day United States President Barack Obama is set to begin his two-day state visit to the Philippines.

Te said the postponement was made to avoid inconvenience to the magistrates, court officials and staff, Bar passers and their families who are expected to deal with tight security at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex in Pasay City.

The CCP is near oath-taking venue Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) and the US Embassy, where militant groups will likely hold protest against Obama's visit.

Nielson Pangan led the 1,174 passers out of 5,292 (22.18 percent) who took the Bar in four Sundays of October last year at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

Pangan, one of the five University of the Philippines (UP) alumni in the top 10, received a rating of 85.80 percent.

State-run UP last ruled the exam in 2005. (Sunnex)

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