Munti bar topnotcher receives P100k from LGU, to help pass local SOGIE ordinance

2018 Bar Examinations topnotcher Atty. Sean James Borja (Top 1), a resident of Brgy. Cupang in Muntinlupa City, receives P100,000 cash incentive from the local government and vows to help in passing a localized anti-discrimination ordinance.

Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi lauded Borja for acing the bar exams and bring honor to Muntinlupa during the city’s flag raising rites last May 20 at Muntinlupa City Hall.

Borja thanked the city government for recognizing the residents’ accomplishments. A LGBTQI rights advocate, Borja also expressed his support in extending technical assistance in the crafting of an anti-discrimination ordinance to uphold the rights of Muntinlupa residents especially those discriminated against based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE).

Recently, the local government also recognized Atty. Patricia Sevilla, Top 7 in the 2018 Bar Examinations, and other local bar passers for their achievement and bringing pride to the city. Through the Muntinlupa Scholarship Program, Sevilla also received cash incentive amounting to P25,000.

Muntinlupa City pioneers in incentivizing residents who earn top ranks in Professional Licensure Examinations, including bar examinations. For board topnotchers: Rank 1 will receive P100,000 while Rank 2-10 will receive P25,000.

Last May 3, the Supreme Court released the results of the 2018 Bar Examinations. Out of 8,158 takers, a total of 1,800 passed the Bar exams with a passing rate of 22.07%.

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