- Mae Diane Azores, the 2019 Bar topnotcher, revealed her motivation for becoming a lawyer
- Azores said that the unresolved rape and murder of her classmate Laesybil Almonacid motivated her to take up law
- Almonacid was found dead in Barangay Bascaran in Daraga on Nov. 2, 2011
- Azores also sent a message to Almonacid’s parents, telling them not to lose hope even if they have not yet found justice for their daughter
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Mae Diane Azores, who topped the 2019 Bar examination, revealed her motivation for becoming a lawyer.
In an interview with local radio station Zagitzit-FM, Azores said that the unresolved rape and murder of her classmate Laesybil Almonacid, who was found dead in Barangay Bascaran in Daraga on Nov. 2, 2011, motivated her to take up law.
Azores also sent a message to Almonacid’s parents, telling them not to lose hope even if they have not yet found justice for their daughter.
“What happened was so frustrating that it motivated me to take up law... so I could contribute to the justice system…
“To the parents of Laesybil, don’t lose hope. Have faith in God. Justice can still be served,” Azores told Zagitzit-FM, as quoted by The Philippine Star.
Azores has been an inspiration for many Filipinos not only for topping the 2019 Bar exam but also due to her humble beginnings.
Rappler reported that Azores’ father is a jeepney driver from Bicol. She is also a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas- Legazpi College of Law.
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