IT’S already quite alarming and let’s just hope it wasn’t a usual practice at the Komolek, err, Comelec (Commission on Elections) and the good and seemingly untainted poll chief Sixto Brillantes must assiduously look into the matter, whatever the cost may be.

And this couldn’t be the first time for Commissioners Elias Yusoph and Lucenito Tagle who seem to be the best of pals as they are always together in the spotlight whenever there are controversies hounding the poll body.

To recall, Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM) chairman Jerry Yap, the former National Press Club president, had revealed about the alleged bribery attempt of at least two poll

employees, who were said to be close to the two commissioners, when they demanded P3 million through its Sec. Gen. Edwin Alcala at a Manila restaurant sometime in June this year in exchange for easy accreditation as a partylist group.

Of course and as expected, the Comelec tandem would deny it.

But wait, what can Chairman Brillantes say about the latest intrigue involving, this time around, Tagle and Yusoph who were seen as photos would show having a lunch meeting at a Japanese restaurant at Diamond Hotel last week with Camarines Sur Rep. Arnulfo Fuentebella?

It’s just right that Chairman Yap opts not to remain silent. He’s now prodding the all-white haired and sharp-witted Brillantes to conduct an impartial and no-nonsense probe about the incident which, if it really took place, must be very disturbing.

Common sense dictates and out of ‘delicadeza,’ these officials of a constitutional body that is Comelec should have stayed away from candidates especially now that it’s just seven months before the mid-term elections in May next year and barely two months before the approval of the candidacies of those who filed their certificates of candidacy this October.

This writer would only want to echo Chairman Yap’s position. We would want to know if

such meetings like that of the two poll officials and Fuentebella is a frequent occurrence

since this could taint the credibility and honesty of the electoral process and the forthcoming elections per se.

Something is really fishy

Records had it that Fuentebella’s son Wimpy Fuentebella is running for Congress as representative of the province in place of his father who is in his third and last term.

There were also these unverified reports that Wimpy’s upcoming opponent, actor Aga Muhlach, would not have a chance to prove he can be like others who aspire to become public servants because anyway he will be disqualified by the poll body.

So if there’s indeed a meeting that occurred between the two Comelec officials and Fuentebella, what’s that for?

Does it intend to ensure that Muhlach will not be able to run against Fuentebella’s son?

Just asking Chairman Brillantes as we all are made to believe that you won’t tolerate such nasty allegations against poll officials as you won’t accept that the image of the poll body would be tarnished that way.

Besides, we know you receive no “cuts.”


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