Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez is urging the Supreme Court to extend the conduct of the 2021 Bar Examinations to Mindanao following the High Court’s announcement that there will be no exams this eyar due the pandemic and will be reset in November next year in Metro Manila and Cebu.

Rep. Rodriguez said “For aspiring lawyers in Mindanao, taking the exams in Cagayan de Oro City, Davao City, or General Santos City would mean lesser expenses compared to traveling and staying for at least a month for the pre-week bar review in Cebu City or in Manila.

In a press statement, Rep. Rodriguez said that “assuming the vaccine is already available or the Covid-19 pandemic is already over by November next year, people would still be suffering from loss of jobs and income and from incurring higher amounts of personal and household expenses due to the health crisis. So definitely, having the exams in more accessible and affordable places would benefit not only law graduates but their families as well,” he stressed.

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