[Video] Inspiring: Comelec janitor prevails against the odds, passes November 2016 bar exams

  • Father of two who worked as janitor in Commission of Elections passed grueling bar exams
  • He said he kept on studying while working as a way out of poverty
  • He advised aspiring lawyers never to give up on their dreams

MANILA, Philippines – With the release of the results of the November 2016 bar exams also comes the best true-to-life underdog stories.

One such story belongs to Ramil Comendador.

Having just passed the grueling exams, the 35-year-old native of Catanduanes still can hardly believe his good fortune.

“Napakasuwerte ko po,” he said. “Di ko nga po alam kung paano ko pasasalamatan ang Panginoon talaga at ‘yung mga taong nagbigay ng lakas sa akin,” he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“I’m so lucky. I don’t know how to thank the Lord and all those people who gave me strength.]

Husband to a wife-engineer and father to two children, Comendador — who works as a janitor in the Commission on Elections— attributed his success to constant prayer and desire to better his station in life.

“Baon-baon mo ‘yung pangarap mo na makaalis na sa kahirapan. Baon-baon mo ‘yun, siyempre. Malaking bahagi nun talaga ‘yung tiwala mo sa Panginoon, at maitatawid mo ‘yung mga pangarap mo,” he said.

[You have to keep your dream of rising out of poverty close to you. Your trust in the Lord also plays a big part, as well as your belief that you can reach your dreams.]

In reaching for his goal, the plucky Comendador — a graduate of Universidad de Manila — revealed his long and arduous journey to hurdling the bar exams.

According to him, he kept on reviewing even though he was hospitalized.

“I took my reviewers with me,” he said.

Comendador added he had to study from 8 am to 5 pm every day for the last three months before the exams in a small room he rented, after which he had to go home and cook dinner for his family.

Despite these hardships, Comendador said he never gave up — a trait he hopes to impart to other aspiring lawyers.