Poll body welcomes new commissioner

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Sunday, July 27, 2014


MEMBERS of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) welcomed on Sunday the entry of lawyer Arthur Lim, who replaced Grace Padaca as commissioner after Malacañang did not renew her appointment.

Commissioners Christian Lim and Luie Guia said they expect the newly-appointed Comelec official to help in resolving cases.

“We can, at least, expect him to be a very big help in terms of resolving cases in the commission, being a very experienced law practitioner. His appointment can help us speed up in coming up with decisions,” Lim said at the sidelines of the Automated Elections System (AES) Technology Fair in Pasay City.

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“An extra hand is always a welcome addition to the commission especially with Commissioner Lim being able to help us in deciding on cases and, soon, preparing for the next elections," Guia added.

Meanwhile, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) chairperson Henrietta de Villa is hoping that Lim would help accelerate reforms in the poll body.

“I heard that he is an advocate for reform. I do hope that he will help in continuing the reforms in the Comelec and also to help us in attaining 'Champ' elections, which is clean, honest, accurate, meaningful and peaceful elections,” she said.

The new Comelec commissioner is a former president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP). He is also one of the 57 private prosecutors in the impeachment trial of then Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2012.

Lim will serve Padaca's unexpired term in the poll body until February 2, 2018.

Padaca's ad interim appointment was bypassed by the Commission on Appointments (CA) early last month and President Benigno Aquino III did not exercise his right to keep her in the post while Congress is not in session.

The other members of the seven-man commission led by Chairman Sixto Brillantes are Commissioners Lucenito Tagle, Elias Yusoph, and Al Parreño. (FP/Sunnex)

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