A Policewoman assigned at Investigation and Detective Management Branch of Zamboanga Del Norte Provincial Police Office (ZNPPO) was among the 1, 724 passers in the 2017 Bar examination. Police Regional Office 9 (PRO-9) headed by PCSUPT Billy B Beltran, Regional Director congratulated PO1 Mary Jane Cabral-Balindan for a job well done.
PO1 Mary Jane Cabral-Balindan, who is the wife of PINSP Jefferson L Balindan, the Chief of Police of Sibutad MPS, Zamboanga Del Norte PPO, was among the Seventeen (17) uniformed and non-uniformed personnel of the PNP who passed the recent bar exam given last year.
The bar passers may become commissioned officers through lateral entry by joining the PNP's Legal Service. Personnel from Legal Service as assigned to various PNP units.
On April 26, 2018, the Supreme Court release the results of the 2017 bar examination. The 2017 Bar Exams registered a low passing rate of 25.55 % wherein a total of 1,724 examinees passed, out of the 6,748 law graduates who took one of the hardest licensure exams in the Philippines.