SC formally issues TRO vs Philsat
The Supreme Court formally issued a temporary restraining order stopping the Legal Education Board from implementing a centralized entrance examinations for law schools in the country or the Philippine Law School Admission Test (Philsat).
In a resolution dated March 15 (Friday) but was only made available on Monday, the SC said:
“Acting on the prayer for injunctive relief and after the conduct of the oral arguments on March 5, 2019, the Court RESOLVED to ISSUE a TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER, effective immediately and continuing until further orders from this Court, enjoining the respondents and all persons acting in their behalf and/or under their direction from enforcing and
implementing LEB Memorandum Circular No. 18 dated June 8, 2018.”
“Those who have not taken the PhilSAT prior to the beginning of the Academic Year 2018 to 2019, or who have taken the PhilSAT but did not pass, or are honor graduates in college with no PhilSAT Exemption Certificate, or honor graduates with expired PhilSAT Exemption Certificates may now be allowed to conditionally enroll as incoming freshmen law students under the same terms as LEB Memorandum Order No. 1 1, series of 2017,” the resolution read.
Petitioners questioned the constitutionality of Republic Act 7662 (The Legal Education Reform Act) and sought issuance of a temporary retraining order against its implementation.
The assailed LEB memorandum issued in Dec. 2016 provided for the mechanisms of the one-day aptitude test to measure the academic potentials of an examinee who wants to pursue law.
Four Philsat exams were already conducted by the board in April 2017, Sept. 2017, April 2018 and Sept. 2018.
The new rule requires law schools to comply with the provisions of the regulation or they will be subjected to sanctions and fines of up to P10,000.