Brillantes to prioritize Comelec reorganization

NEWLY-APPOINTED Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes said on Sunday he had second thoughts before accepting the appointment to head the poll body.

“But, eventually, I thought, anyway pa-retire na ako (I’m about to retire) and I have never served in government before, so why not now? Baka this would be a good way to cap my career, public service naman,” Brillantes said.

The veteran election lawyer was appointed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on Saturday as the replacement of Comelec Chair Jose Melo. He will serve Melo’s unfinished term which is until 2015.

Melo tendered his resignation also on Saturday, two weeks earlier than the original date of Jan. 31.

Brillantes had served as Aquino’s election lawyer during the 2010 national elections campaign.

He said that among his priorities as the new head of the Comelec is to reorganize the poll body and prepare for the next automated elections.

“We want to get the ball rolling for the preparations for the elections and also iyong reorganization, dahil more or less, alam na natin kung ano ang mga problema diyan sa loob ng Comelec,” he said.

Brillantes will be joining the Comelec en banc together with the six commissioners — Rene Sarmiento, Lucenito Tagle, Elias Yusoph, Armando Velasco, Nicodemo Ferrer and Gregorio Larrazabal. PNA


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