Brillantes asks Sardillo to accept offer as poll commissioner-A A +A
Sunday, March 10, 2013
COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. is not losing hope that lawyer Bernadette Sardillo will still accept her appointment as poll commissioner.
“I certainly hope so (she will reconsider her decision) because I firmly believe that she can be a great help to the Comelec aside from the fact that I know her competence,” he said in a phone interview Sunday.
On Saturday, Sardillo sent a letter to Malacañang declining her appointment, citing personal reasons.
Sardillo, along with former congressman Macabangkit Lanto, were appointed by President Benigno Aquino III last week as Comelec commissioners to replace recent retirees Rene Sarmiento and Armando Velasco.
Meanwhile, the poll chief said he would again push for the appointment of a Comelec insider if Sardillo will not change her mind.
Brillantes said he is pushing for Comelec-Planning Department Director Atty. Ferdinand Rafanan because of his experience.
“I am pushing at least for a senior staff member of the commission and Director Rafanan is a Director IV, which is a senior staff position” said Brillantes.
Rafanan and Santiago City, Isabela election officer Alexander Pilotin were earlier nominated by the Comelec Employees’ Union (EU) to the post. (HDT/Sunnex)