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Poll watchdog says it needs new blood
Church-backed group hands Aquino nominees for new chairmanThe Commission on Elections headquarters
- ucanews.com reporters, Manila
- January 12, 2011
Comelec named election lawyer and human rights advocate Carlos Medina and lawyer Antonio Pastelero as possible replacements for Melo, according to an article posted yesterday on CBCP News.
The Church-backed committee includes Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, former Comelec chairman Christian Monsod of the Bishops-Businessmen Conference; and National Citizens Movement for Free Elections head Jose Cuisia Jr.
It also recommended Ma. Caridad Manarang, Baltazar Endriga and Edna Estifania Co as prospective replacements for retiring commissioners Nicodemo Ferrer and Gregorio Larrazabal.
Bishop Pabillo said the next Comelec chairman should not be from the judiciary and knows something about technology.
âMedina is a known personality because of Lente (Legal Network for Truthful Elections). He is an upright person, he knows election laws and he is also a lawyerâŚ he knows something about technology,â said Pabillo.
âSupreme Court (SC) justices are already old. They no longer have energy,â he told reporters. âWe need new blood who knows something about technology because of the automation of the elections.â
The chairman of CBCPâs National Secretariat for Social Action Justice & Peace (NASSA-JP) said while he believes in the uprightness of Melo, he is somewhat disappointed with the latterâs competence.
âWe believe in his uprightness but when it comes to his competence regarding automation it seems he is not that adept. Itâs as if he is just mouthing what Smartmatic is saying,â Pabillo said.
Meanwhile, Comelec employees are pushing for the appointment of an âinsiderâ as replacement for Melo.
âThe next chairman should be an insider, who is knowledgeable in the inner workings of the Commission such as the laws, procedures and timetable,â Luallah Pama, president of the Alliance of Comelec Employees in Service (ACES), said.
Although Pama refused to name any particular âinsiderâ, she said the person must possess integrity, knowledge, credibility, independence and pro-worker credentials.
âThey must be God-fearing, have an impeccable character, and the heart for the rank-and-file employees of the Comelec,â she said.
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