June 24, 2017, 3:08 am
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Ex-janitor, human rights advocate also hurdle exams

A 35-year-old husband and father of two who worked as a janitor at the Commission on Elections thanked his lucky stars for passing the 2016 Bar Exams, placing No. 914 out of the 3,747 successful examinees.

Ramil Comendador, who later became a legal researcher at the Comelec, said he initially could not believe it when he saw his name in the list of Bar passers, adding he pinched himself just to make sure.

“I hope I don’t have a namesake here,” he said with a laugh, adding that he had established that it was him indeed him on the list.

“I’m a first time taker that’s why I consider myself lucky. I don’t know how to express thanks to everyone who supported and encouraged me. They know how hard it is to pass the Bar,” said Comendador, a graduate of the Universidad de Manila who is married to an engineer.

Also passing the Bar is human rights advocate Ruth Cervantes, wife of former Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Teddy Casino who congratulated her on his Facebook account.

“From now on, I will be known as the husband of Atty. Ruth Cervantes,” Casino said in his post. 

Comendador said his wife would be very happy with the result as well as their two children aged eight and four.

To make ends meet, Comendador said he and his wife agreed that he would use his salary to pay for his law school expenses while the latter would pay the household expenses.

“I used the salary from my janitorial job to pay for my law school expenses,” he said, adding he worked as a janitor at the Comelec from 2007 to 2010. He later took an eligibility examination and was admitted as a legal researcher. In 2011, he entered law school.

He said he was a high school graduate when he started working in the private sector.

He also got sick and was hospitalized in the run up to the Bar exams but Comendador said this did not deter him from pursuing his ambition. 

He said he would talk to his wife on what would be his next move. 
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