Ex-janitor who passed bar exams shares inspirational story

admin   •   May 4, 2017   •   5167

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

House OK on Barangay, SK polls deferment ‘no surprise,’ says Comelec

Robie de Guzman   •   November 4, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said it is not surprised by the move of the House of Representatives to approve the bill seeking to defer the 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to December 5, 2022.

“This does not come as a surprise,” Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said in a message to reporters. “The COMELEC had, in fact, slowed down preparations for the Barangay Elections of 2020 in anticipation of this legislation.”

Jimenez said that with the impending approval of Congress on the measure, the poll body is now looking to focus on preparing for the next national and local elections.

“With the approval of the House and the looming decision of the Senate on the same matter, the COMELEC is looking forward to focusing on the process of re-starting the continuing registration and, in the longer term, preparing for the 2022 National and Local Elections,” he said.

Earlier in the day, the Lower House gave its nod to a proposal seeking to reschedule the local polls to allow more time for incumbent Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials to implement and complete their respective projects.

After the 2022 elections, subsequent barangay and SK elections will be held on the first Monday of December 2025 and every three years thereafter.

The amended version of the House bill is similar to the one that Senate passed on September 30.

President Rodrigo Duterte, during his fourth State of the Nation Address in July, called on Congress to postpone the village elections.

UNESCO hails Cebu City as new ‘creative city’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 31, 2019

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has hailed Cebu City as one of the ‘creative cities’ in the world.

UNESCO has designated 66 new cities from around the globe in celebration of World Cities’ Day on October 31.

There are now a total of 246 members that joined the Organization’s Network of Creative Cities.

“All over the world, these cities, each in its way, make culture the pillar, not an accessory, of their strategy,” says UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. “This favors political and social innovation and is particularly important for the young generations.”

Cebu is the second city in the Philippines that has been designated as a creative city by UNESCO after Baguio City.—AAC

Comelec expects influx of registrants amid last-day of voter registration

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 30, 2019

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is expecting an influx of ‘last-minute’ registrants at the voter registration for the 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

Comelec will officially close the voter registration at 5:00 p.m. on Monday (September 30). Comelec Spokesperson Dir. James Jimenez said their office is prepared to handle the number of registrants.

“An influx of registrants is to be expected. The COMELEC has anticipated this, and we are confident that our employees in the field are prepared to handle the last-day registration scenario,” he said.

Based on Comelec Resolution 10549, Comelec will implement the following protocol for the last day of voter registration.

  • If there are still applicants lined up to register within the thirty (30) meter radius from the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) by 3:00 P.M. of September 30, 2019, their names will be promptly and consecutively listed down.
  • Each name will be announced repeatedly three (3) times in the order in which the applicants’ names were listed. Applicants who are not present when their names are called shall no longer be allowed to file their application.
  • When an applicant’s name is called and he/she is present, his/her application will be processed and his/her biometrics data will be captured. The process continues until all those listed shall have been processed.
  • An Express Lane is provided for Persons with Disabilities, Senior Citizens and Heavily Pregnant Applicants.

There are around 2.6 million registered voters in the country as of August 1 this year, according to Comelec’s data.—AAC


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