FRATERNITIES and sororities were kept at bay by at least 700 security personnel deployed in UST on Sunday, as the 2017 Bar Examinations came to an end.
Manila Police District (MPD) Chief Supt. Joel Coronel said Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin, Bar Exams chairman, instructed the police to watch over fraternities to prevent violence.
“[A]s instructed by Justice Bersamin, we have to monitor closely the fraternities engaged in bar operations here in UST to prevent any incident [of] rumble or violence or anything that might disrupt the bar operations in UST,” Coronel told the Varsitarian in an interview.
Coronel said fraternities were not banned during the Bar Exams but security personnel closely monitored them.
The Aegis Juris Fraternity, which figured in the news following the death of UST freshman Horacio Castillo III, was among the fraternities monitored by the MPD around the University.
Other fraternities present during the last day of the Bar Exams were Beta Sigma, Beta Sigma Lambda, Tau Gamma Phi, Delta Gamax Sigmaru, Utopia, Mu Kappa Phi, Aquila Legis, Beta Sigma Upsilon, Ductus Legis and Lex Cerbus, information from the MPD showed.
A total of 6,290 examinees took the test on Nov. 19. About 1,000 were “no-shows,” said Joel Gayanan, assistant chief security of the Supreme Court said.
The total number of examinees increased to 7,290, higher than last year’s 6,831 examinees.
UST had a total of 96 first-time examinees this year, Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina said.
The UST Main Building and the Benavides, San Martin de Porres, and St. Raymund de Peñafort buildings were designated as testing venues for examinations on the four Sundays of November. The Tan Yan Kee Student Center served as the Supreme Court’s campus headquarters.
Strict security measures were implemented within and outside the campus, with personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP), UST Security Office, Manila Police District, Supreme Court security, the Philippine Coast Guard, Metro Manila Development Authority, Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office and the National Bureau of Investigation.
The exams covered political law, labor law, civil law, taxation, mercantile law, criminal law, remedial law, and legal and judicial ethics.