PPCRV gives Brillantes benefit of the doubt

THE Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting is expecting more reforms in the Commission on Elections with lawyer Sixto Brillantes as its new chairman.

Henrietta de Villa, PPCRV chairperson, said they will continue working with the poll body and Brillantes until and unless “terrible” things will be made.

“But if the man is good we always give the benefit of the doubt. We always work with what we have,” she said.

According to De Villa, Brillante’s wide experience as election lawyer is an “advantage” for him to implement needed reforms in Comelec.

“Another thing (is) because of so many election cases he has handled, he knows the Comelec people… he has a good knowledge of them,” she said.

The PPCRV then called on the 71-year old poll body chief to make reforms on top of his agenda including the improvement in the country’s automated elections.

“They should continue the automated election so that we could see the glitches that happened before although it was carried out well for the first time nationwide,” De Villa said.

“It went off well considering that we were not yet well versed with the (automated) election. They must be able to prepare well so that those glitches will not happen… more safeguards are in place.”

She said other people involved in the conduct of the elections like the information technology (IT) department should be given “tools to be able to function well.”

“Maybe they should be given more training or beef up a department which lacks the capacity whether in manpower or equipment,” she added.

De Villa also believes that Brillantes’ age will not be a hindrance in performing his duties just like his predecessor, Jose Melo.

“So I don’t think age is a question. It’s a question of resolved knowing which people to get and what put in place,” she said.

Brillantes took his oath as Comelec chairman before Supreme Court Associate Justice Eduardo Nachura on Sunday at the SC. CBCP News

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