MANILA - Amid the jubilation of the country’s new lawyers and their loved ones at the Supreme Court (SC) Friday, many were left distraught as they could not find their names on the list of bar passers.
Those among the 77.93 percent who did not make the list, left the SC quietly, some with heads down, others determined to try again next year.
One of them was Inspector Jesus Ducusin of the Airport Police Department of Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Before the results were released, Ducusin was waiting outside the Supreme Court with his wife. He talked to ABS-CBN about how challenging it was to juggle work, studies and family life.
“Kahalong excitement at kaba. Lahat po ginawa ko yun nga lang di ako nakapagformal review. Hindi ako nakapagleave. Kasi that time nung June kakopopromote ko lang,” he said, explaining that he felt it was inappropriate to take a long leave after his promotion.
(It’s a mix of excitement and nervousness. I did everything except take a formal review since I was not able to take a leave. I was promoted in June.)
Ducusin was inspired to take law after he was assigned to the criminal investigation unit.
However, he was among those who did not make the cut.
In a text message, Ducusin said, “Nalungkot po ako sa naging result ng bar exam ko pero mas icha-challenge ko ngayon ang sarili ko na magfocus at maghanda,” he said, adding that he will not take a study leave so he may join a review center.
(I was saddened by the results of the bar exam but I will further challenge myself now to focus and be ready.)
“Nagkulang talaga ako sa tamang paghahanda. Yung mga pumasa po ay talagang deserve nila yung bago nilang titulo dahil pinaghirapan nila yun,” he added.
(I really didn’t prepare properly. Those who passed deserve their new title because they worked hard for it.)
The airport police inspector said, “With our without yung ATTY., pwede pa rin po tayong makatulong sa mga nangangailangan sa ibang paraan,” he said.
(With or without the title of ‘attorney,’ I can still help those who need help through other ways.)
Even before the results were released, Ducusin said he will continue to work for the airport police if he became a lawyer.
Grieve then pick yourself up
In a tweet, former Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te told non-bar passers, “If your name isn’t on the list—breathe, grieve and mourn, heal. Take however long you need. Then, pick yourself up and do your bit to help because there is so much that needs to be done. And if helping means trying again, then do it.”
Senatorial candidate and former solicitor general Florin Hilbay also tweeted, “To those who didn't make it: life doesn't end with a failed attempt. Grieve, then continue to dream and hope.”