UST HOSTED the yearly Bar examinations for the fifth time this month, with thousands of law graduates trooping to the campus amid tight security.

The total number of registered examinees from all over the country reached 7,146, 12.6 percent higher than last year’s 6,344. The UST Faculty of Civil Law fielded 49 examinees this year.

The UST Main Building, along with the Benavides, San Martin de Porres and St. Raymund de Peñafort buildings were designated as testing venues. The exam committee also used the Tan Yan Kee Student Center as its office.

Last Nov. 8, the subjects covered were political and labor law, while civil law and taxation subjects were tackled last Nov. 15. The Nov. 22 exams covered commercial law and criminal law. The last day of the exams on Nov. 29 will cover remedial law and legal and judicial ethics.

Heightened security was implemented on campus by the UST security office and a multi-agency force.

The Philippine National Police (PNP), the Manila Police District (MPD), the Metro Manila Development Authority, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the National Bureau of Investigation provided manpower on the first day of the exams.

A total of 107 PNP personnel were deployed around the campus on the first day, said Supt. Mannan Maurip of the Sampaloc Police Station.

Chief Supt. Rolando Nana of the MPD told the Varsitarian that the implementation of security measures was “according to plan.”

A liquor ban was implemented around UST, with beer and other alcoholic beverages prohibited between 4 a.m. and 8 p.m. during examination days.

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