New PH lawyers: Habeas Corpuz and Nat King Coles

Posted at 03/18/14 5:10 PM

MANILA (4TH UPDATE) - The Philippines will now have lawyers named after a legal term and a popular American jazz artist.

Following the release of the 2013 Bar Exam results on Tuesday afternoon, users of popular social media website Twitter were quick to point out some witty-sounding names that stood out from the list of new lawyers in the country.

Bar passer No. 285 Habeas Corpuz was the first to catch the attention of Filipino netizens. Habeas corpus is a writ which requires a person under arrest be brought to a court.

The 25-year-old Bar passer, who is a full-time faculty member at University of Visayas, told reporters that it was his father who thought of the name.

"Iyung father ko po sundalo po siya. Na-assign siya sa Manila, kasagsagan po nung ng EDSA Revolution atsaka nung kudeta kay President Cory  (Aquino). Lagi po niya nababasa, nasa newspaper yung writ of habeas corpus. Kaya nung tinanong nung nurse kung ano iyung pangalan ko, (ang sinabi niya), 'Ah habeas na lang," he said. "Kakaiba siya at fit po siya sa aking profession."

This is the first time Corpuz took the Bar Examinations. He is the first member of his family to become a lawyer, and he said he wanted to be one ever since he was a child.

Corpuz studied law at the University of the Visayas College of Law. He obtained his degree in Political Science in the same university.


Another passer cited by social media users is Bar passer No. 270 Nat King Coles. Nat King Cole is a popular American jazz artist who rose to prominence in the 1940s.

According to the 34-year-old Bar passer, he has yet to find out from his father why he was named after one of the world’s greatest jazz icons.

“Gusto ko rin sanang malaman pero ‘yung father ko ay nasa Cebu so hindi ko pa rin maitanong. Siguro, favorite singer niya [si Nat King Cole].”

Coles also revealed that his surname should be pronounced as “Co-les”.

This is the second time Coles took the Bar Examinations. He failed in his first try in 2011.

Coles obtained his law degree from the Eastern Samar State University College of Law. He finished his undergraduate studies in University of the Philippines Tacloban.

Social media users took to Twitter to congratulate the Bar passers.