MANILA – This police officer is living up to his name.
Police Officer 3 Neil Compañero has officially joined the roster of ‘compañeros’ after passing the 2016 Bar exams, joining the history-making batch of passers that registered a 59.06 passing rate, the highest in recent history.
Compañero, a Spanish word for “colleague” or “co-worker,” is commonly used among Filipino lawyers to refer to their peers. The term most prominently figured in public when it was used by the late former Senator Renato Cayetano, first in a talk show on ABS-CBN titled "Compañero y Compañera" that aired in the late ‘90s.
And the now compañero Compañero may have to get used to hearing his name twice when in the company of his fellow counsels.
ABS-CBN News reached out to Compañero for an interview, but the incoming lawyer declined.
Per information on social media, Compañero is assigned at the Regional Police Security Battalion (RPSB) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office-5 in Legazpi City. One Facebook post listed him as among the Bar passers from the Aquinas University of Legaspi.
Friends, relatives and PNP colleagues sent him congratulations on Facebook.
“Congratulations to Atty. Neil B. Compañero, acting PNCO (police non-commissioned officer), Regional Public Safety Battalion 5 for passing the 2016 BAR examinations administered by the Supreme Court of the Philippines,” read a post on the RPSB’s official Facebook page.
Compañero is among 3,747 bar passers who will take their oath on May 22 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
He is among Bar passers seemingly fated for the legal profession by their names, among them Christian Apollo Lawyer , a 2014 Bar passer, and Habeas Corpuz , who passed in 2013.