MANILA — Sacrifice and discipline led a 35-year-old former janitor of COMELEC to law school. He is one of the 3,747 examinees who passed the 2016 bar exams.
“Talagang disiplina lang po sa pag-gastos po. Sa totoo lang kahit na po yung damit ko ay iilang piraso lang po. Hindi po ako bumibili ng mga bago po, kasi ang gusto ko po matapos ko yung pag-aaral ko. Imbes na ipambibili ko po ng mga gamit, tinitipid ko po para mai-tuition ko po (It’s really about disciplined spending. I only have few pieces of clothes. I didn’t buy new ones because I wanted to finish my schooling. Instead of buying stuff, I would save the money for my tuition fee),” said former janitor and now a bar passer, Rammil Commendador.
Commendador hails from Virac, Catanduanes. His road to success was not a smooth one. His primary inspirations are his wife and two children who have also made sacrifices for Commendador to be able to graduate from law school.
“Gusto ko po talaga maputol yung cycle ng kahirapan. Kasi alam ko po edukasyon lang po talaga ang susi (I want to end the cycle of poverty. I know education is the key),” Commendador added.
Commendador is now an election assistant. He does not plan on leaving COMELEC even if he becomes a lawyer.
For the first time, law graduates from the provinces dominated the top 10 placers of the bar exams.
Karen Mae Calam, a graduate from the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, who got 89.05%, is the topnotcher. Three of her schoolmates also belong to the top 10.
Alanna Gayle Ashley Khio of Silliman University in Dumaguete City, who got 88.95%, is the second placer. Two other graduates from Silliman University also belong to the top 10.
A passing rate of 59%, the highest in the history of bar exams was also recorded.
“The 2016 passing percentage is definitely the highest with a remarkable 59.06% based on the grade of 75%. I congratulate and doff my hat to the 3,747 successful candidates. Mabuhay!” Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. said.
The oath taking ceremony for the new lawyers is on May 22 at the Mall of Asia arena in Pasay City. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue
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