Commission on Elections (Comelec) urges President Benigno Aquino III to choose the next 2 commissioners from their ranks to have their rights and well-being will be championed.
Mac Ramirez, Comelec-EU national president said, “We have earlier manifested our desire for the President to appoint commissioners from the ranks. Those that will work for the best interest of the rank and file.”
At a press conference, 6,000 Comelec Employees’ Union is set to name their bet Tuesday.
Velasco was the one who started from the bottom up, started as an election officer in Baguio City in 1991. Before he became commissioner in November 2008, he was the poll director in the Cordillera Administrative Region. He filled in the unfinished term of Commissioner Moslemen Macarambon.
Sarmiento on the other hand, was a human rights lawyer. Prior to his appointment to the Comelec in 2006 by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, he worked for the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.
According to Sarmiento alot of buzzing names he heard, as possible replacements, like Macabangkit Lanto, Louie Guia, Legal Network for Truthful Elections executive director and lawyer, Angelina Santiago, a lawyer, Esperanza Ladra, Comelec law department director, Ferdinand Rafanan, Comelec planning department director and lawyer and acting deputy director for administration lawyer Adolfo Ibanez.
Since 2010, Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. and Commissioners Grace Padaca and Christian Robert Lim were appointed by Aquino.
Lim and Brillantes were Aquino’s election lawyers. Meanwhile Padaca is a close ally of Aquino, a former Isabela governor.
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