MANILA - Opposition senatorial bet lawyer Chel Diokno on Friday said he was "overjoyed" as he congratulated the first Bar exam topnotcher from the De La Salle University College of Law in Manila.
“Sobrang saya nung nalaman ko 'yung resulta ng Bar, at siyempre congratulations sa lahat ng pumasa, lalong-lalo na sa aming mga estudyante sa De La Salle, lalong-lalo na kay Katherine Ting,” said Diokno, who is founding dean of the college.
(I was overjoyed when I learned of the Bar exam results, and of course congratulations to everyone who passed, especially to our students in De La Salle and Katherine Ting.)
Katherine Ting earned the eighth highest rating in the exam, with a score of 84.85 percent, and was the lone topnotcher from the DLSU College of Law in Manila, which was established in 2010.
Just last month, President Rodrigo Duterte, who finished law at the San Beda University, noted how there had been no topnotchers from the DLSU College of Law because of Diokno.
"Ito si Chel Diokno, ano ba ito? Babae o lalaki? Ito palang dean sa College of Law sa La Salle. Kaya pala p***** i** hindi nagta-top 'yang La Salle eh hanggang ngayon. Anong ginawa niya? Wala. Sige lang criticize tapos hindi naman marunong," he said.
(This Chel Diokno, what is he? Is he a woman or a man? This is the dean of La Salle College of Law. That's why it doesn't top the Bar exams. What has he done? Nothing. He only criticizes but he knows nothing.)
Diokno, meanwhile, urged those who did not pass to try again.
“Dapat talaga babalik-balikan natin 'yan. Fight nang fight. Darating rin ang araw na lahat ay makakapasa," he said.
(Those who did not pass should come back, fight and fight again. The day will come that everyone will pass.)
"Kami naman sa La Salle, talagang mayroon kaming programa para
'yung mga hindi mapalaran ngayon ay sa susunod sigurado nang makakapasa."
(La Salle has a program for those who did not make it to ensure that they will pass next time.)
The Supreme Court said Friday that 22.07 percent of some 8,155 candidates passed the tough exams, lower than last year’s 25.5 percent.
Ateneo de Manila University graduate Sean Borja topped the exams with a score of 89.3 percent.
Two others from the Ateneo, four from the University of San Carlos, and two from the University of the Philippines rounded out the top 10.