Dolores, Velasco are new lawyers
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Atty. Rene John Velasco
Atty. Maria Theresa Dolores

At least two Catandunganons are among those who successfully hurdled the bar examinations given by the Supreme Court at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila last November 2018.

They are Atty. Maria Theresa Aquino Dolores of Bagatabao, Bagamanoc, and Atty. Rene John Mendoza Velasco of St. John Village, Calatagan Tibang, Virac.

Atty. Dolores, 27, is the daughter of retired police officer and former Sangguniang Bayan member Ricardo Dolores and public school teacher Nida Aquino. She has three siblings: registered nurse Laarni Dolores, civil engineer Christine Dolores and public school teacher Ralph Dolores.

From Bagamanoc Central Elementary School where she graduated as valedictorian in 2005, she finished secondary school at Bagamanoc Rural Development High School as first honorable mention.

She then took up Bachelor of Arts Major in Political Science at the Catanduanes State University, graduating cum laude in 2013, and got her Bachelor of Law degree at the University of Nueva Caceres in Naga City last year.

A 2012 Civil Service Professional Exam passer, Atty. Dolores underwent her bar review at San Sebastian Recoletos Law Center in Manila.

Like Dolores, Atty. Rene John Mendoza Velasco, 25, is also a political science graduate of the Catanduanes State University where he was once president of the debating society.

The eldest son of late Rene A. Velasco Sr. and Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 43 stenographer Joan M. Velasco of Panganiban town, he is a product of the Virac Pilot Elementary School and the Catanduanes National High School. He got his Juris Doctor from the University of the East in Manila.

There could be other bar passers from this island in the list released by the High Court last Friday, May 3, 2019. Only 1,800 out of the 8,158 candidates, or 22.07%, passed the 2018 bar exam.


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