Fact check: Is Marcos the highest record holder of bar exam results until now?
- A viral post claimed that former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos still holds the highest record in the bar examination
- The post said that Marcos had an average of 98.01 percent
- However, it was reported that the claim was false
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An online post went viral on social media after claiming that former President Ferdinand Marcos had the “highest score ever in the bar examinations.
However, KAMI learned that this claim was false.
In a report by French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP), the online post claimed that Marcos had an average of 98.01 percent.
“Did you know? The man who holds the record, until now, of having the highest score ever in the Bar exam is Ferdinand Marcos,” it read in the caption.
In the student paper, the headline states: “U.P. TOPS BAR”.
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“The Philippine Collegian” is the official student publication of the University of the Philippines Diliman that was founded in 1922.
The Supreme Court has told AFP that the highest grade holder so far is Florenz Regalado, a former associate justice. He obtained an average of 96.7 percent in 1954.
“To date, Ret. Justice Florenz D. Regalado still holds the record of having the highest Bar Rating among the Bar Topnotcher,” the Supreme Court told the AFP via email.
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Joel Ariate, a researcher at the University of the Philippines, told AFP that the news of Marcos acing the bar exam for his class in 1939 has been displayed at the Marcos museum in Batac, Ilocos Norte.
"Marcos and Fernandez Lead New Lawyers,” the headline said.
“Again the College of Law of the State University topped the Bar examinations held last August, Ferdinand Marcos, U.P. obtained the first place with 92.35%, trailed by Ramon C. Fernandez also of U.P. and class valedictorian, in a close second with 90.25%,” it stated in the report.
Ferdinand Marcos was the 10th president of the Philippines. He declared martial law in 1972 and was deposed in 1986.
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