By Mikha Flores, VERA Files
Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. is proposing that the two new commissioners President Aquino will soon appoint be named “consultants” first before their formal appointment to allow them to already participate in the poll body’s deliberations.
“The President can announce who will be appointed so that by Feb. 2 or 3 or 4, which is a Monday, the two can sit as consultants," Brillantes said.
Commissioners Rene Sarmiento and Armando Velasco are retiring on Feb. 2, leaving Comelec with five members at the height of the preparations for the May 13 midterm elections.
Congress will go on recess on Feb. 8 until June 4, leaving only six days for President Benigno S. Aquino III to nominate Sarmiento’s and Velasco’s replacements and for the Commission on Appointments to act on the new appointments.
Brillantes said if the appointments cannot be made before the congressional recess, the President can at least announce whom he intends to appoint andRead More »from Brillantes: Name new poll commissioners first as consultants