Slain Valencia councilman among 949 passers of 2012 bar exams

Bukidnon News.Net official Logo for site2MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/20 March) Slain Valencia Poblacion barangay kagawad Gino Antonio Zambrano and two other graduates from Bukidnon State University passed the October 2012 Bar examinations.

The BSU College of Law identified the two other passers as Marco R. Hinlo and Asis G. Cubillan. Meyushi Pabillaran, college secretary, said 11 of the 2012 law graduates of BSU took the bar.

Pabillaran said the news was met with mixed reactions at BSU. The 26-year old Zambrano was gunned down noon on January 22, Tuesday, near their residence.

He was driving home his multi cab vehicle from a committee hearing at the barangay hall when unidentified assailants shot him five times. He was hit in the head, chest, and back. The Laviña General Hospital declared him dead upon arrival.

“I love challenges … I love being the last one in the line.”

This was how Zambrano, described himself in his Facebook page.

Zambrano, an active youth leader of the local Catholic church who started as an altar boy and was former Sangguniang Kabataan chair of the barangay, added that he is “kind, loving, responsible, and above all good …good in looking after problems that are not mine.”

Jovito Borbon, Brgy. Poblacion village chief, said the barangay government workers and officials shed tears upon hearing the news he passed the bar.

Valencianos turned to the social media to react on the slain official’s feat.

“A big loss to the Valencianos,” Rodel Baldado Claro, a journalist who hails from Valencia City and is now based in Metro Manila, said in a comment on DXMV Radyo Ukay’s Facebook account.

Zambrano was replaced by his sister Annalou in the barangay council.

Ignatius Ingles, a graduate of the Ateneo Law School topped the 949 passers of the October 2012 Bar examinations with 85.64 percent. Only 17.76 percent of the 5,343 total number of examinees passed.

Catherin Beatrice King Kay, also from Ateneo placed second with 84.72 percent. April Carmela Lacson of the University of the Philippines placed third with 84.48 percent.

The Supreme Court website provided this link:, among two others, for the complete list of passers.

The 2011 passing rate was 31.95 percent, in which 1,913 examinees passed. (Walter I. Balane with Ching Castuera in Valencia City/Bukidnon News.Net)