Fact check: Is Marcos the highest record holder of bar exam results in the Philippine bar Examination?

Former President Ferdinand Marcos/photo courtesy of Manila Bulletin and AFP

There has been a post circulating in the social media claiming that the former President Ferdinand Marcos had the “highest score ever in the bar examinations.”

Former President Marcos claimed that he got the ‘highest score ever’ in the bar exam with an average of 98.01 percent.

However, in a report by French news agency, Agence France-Presse (AFP) said it was false. They refuted that the said online post claimed that Marcos had an average of 98.01 percent.

With the post’s caption, “Did you know? The man who holds the record, until now, of having the highest score ever in the Bar exam is Ferdinand Marcos,” as posted by Philippine Shocking History.

On the other hand, in the student paper, The Philippine Collegian, with headline, stating: “U.P. TOPS BAR”, it said that Marcos and Fernandez lead the bar exam.

"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.

“The Philippine Collegian” is the official student publication of the University of the Philippines Diliman that was founded in 1922.

The Supreme Court, however, told AFP that the highest grade holder so far is Florenz Regalado, a former associate justice. He earned 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,” according to the Supreme Court as they told the AFP via email.

Ferdinand Marcos was the 10th president of the Philippines. He declared martial law in 1972 and was deposed in 1986.

Source: KAMI

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