Comelec exempts Aquino on appointment ban

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) allowed President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to make appointments amid existing ban during election period.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda on Tuesday said the Comelec granted the request of Aquino to exercise his power to fill-up crucial positions in the government.

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“There are 143 positions that were granted exemption by the Comelec,” Lacierda said, noting that thousand more are needed in to be filled.

Lacierda said the request was made by the Office of the President, citing the fact that Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections is a non-partisan exercise.

In a resolution, Comelec announced that appointing an officer of any government office, including government-owned and controlled corporations, whether permanent or casual, is illegal.

The prohibition covers the hiring of any new employee as well as transferring of posts, creating new positions, suspending any elected official and granting salary increases for the period September 25 to November 10.

Comelec meanwhile grants exemption unless “the position to be filled is essential to the proper functioning of the office or agency concerned.” (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)

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