After the National Oath Taking (last May 22, 2017), some of the new law topnochers here in the Philippines have declined working for their provinces when offered with their first career in the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG). With this, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno have been encouraging the six topnochers of the national bar examination that was recently held this year to work instead in different provinces.
Law topnochers career at the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG)
Alana Gayle Ashley Khio (2nd place with a passing rate of 88.95%) a graduate from Silliman University in Dumaguete City, shared that the decision of hers would give her opportunities in becoming the best lawyer she can be. Andrew Stephen Liu (10th place with a passing rate of 87.45%) also a graduate of Silliman University in Dumaguete, was invited by the OSG and was thrilled in taking the career.
“When I got invited to join the OSG, there was no doubt that I would accept the invitation. What better place to start your career than (in) the best law firm in the country?” Liu said.
The latest batch of topnochers have made a historical record in the Philippines for garnering more than the required passing rate of 59.06%. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, a graduate of University of the Philippines, have stressed in making these talented lawyers practice in their provinces where the legal services are in great need.
“We need to talk about encouraging more Mindanao, Visayas and non-Metro Manila lawyers to consider staying and rendering service where they are,” Sereno said during the oath-taking ceremony.