Comelec commissioner on way out, blames Enrile

Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile . INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile . JUNNY ROY / SENATE POOL

Election Commissioner Augusto Lagman yesterday confirmed that he was on his way out of the poll body because Malacañang did not renew his ad interim appointment.

“I was told, I think, on Friday that maybe I should start packing up my things,” said Lagman.

Lagman told reporters that “news is widespread” that Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, who also chairs the powerful Commission on Appointments, had objected to his (Lagman’s) permanent appointment to the Comelec.

Enrile had accused Lagman, a former official of the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections, of “vote-trending” in favor of the candidates of then president Corazon Aquino during the 1987 senatorial race. Enrile placed last in that poll.

Lagman, an information technology expert, was appointed to Comelec by President Benigno Aquino III in April last year.

He has been repeatedly appointed on an ad interim basis in between sessions of Congress, which allows him to act as Comelec commissioner even without approval from the Commission on Appointments (CA).

Without a new ad interim appointment, Lagman would not be able to continue serving at Comelec when Congress resumes its session two weeks from now.

“The news is widespread—in the Senate, Malacañang and the House—that if my appointment is presented to the CA, it would be rejected by JPE (Enrile’s initials). Malacañang thought maybe that to save me from having to go through that process, only to be rejected eventually… it was best not to re-appoint me anymore,” Lagman said.

“I appreciate that concern, although, in truth, I would rather face rejection [by the CA]. His (Enrile’s) accusation is 25 years old and I have nothing to hide because (the accusation) is not true. If I’ll face the CA, I’ll tell the truth and explain the Senate President’s accusation,” he added.

Originally posted: 6:28 pm | Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

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  • sanjuan683

    Mag-resign ka na lang dahil appointed ka in ABNOYING. hehehehehehe

    • samarutan

      resignation presupposes appointment to the office. since lagman’s interim appointment was not renewed by the president, there is nothing to resign from. in other words, you can’t relinquish something that you don’t have. GETS MO? 

      • magsasakasanayon

        sanjuan683 is an idiot. he does not have the capacity to think.

  • dannyflorencio

    Pag layas mo sa Comelec sama na din si Sixto Brillantes. Ang walang kakwenta kwentang Comelec Commissioner. Bagong bago pa lang nangungulimbat na agad.

    • balut123

      bakit hindi ka mag file ng impeachment kung meron kang ebidensiya…di yung puro dada.

    • Tito

       gusto nyo ipabalik natin si abalos? yun magaling. bukod sa pagiging commissioner ng comelec, nakikipagtransact at nagpapasok din daw sya ng investment sa pilipinas.

  • Budoy

    leche ka. lumayas ka na. tuta ka din ni abnoy

  • joeldcndcn

    correct, and thebpeople have not forgotten the berdugo of dictator marcos martial law regime, mr juan ponce enrile, tsk, tsk, tsk! lt’s see if jackie can win this 2103 senatorial race, he, he, he!

    • Dionisio

      sana huwag manalo si jackie if ever na kumandidatong senado, katropa iyan ni mark cojuangco.

  • maypakialamako

    di ba si enrile din pasimuno ng ambush me? para kunwari magulo nung time na yun at makapag-declare ng martial law, nagpa-ambush si enrile! sana nga lang ang nadedo si enrile at hindi yung driver nya!

    • Dionisio

      ang MASAMANG DAMO eh matagal ang buhay. dadanas pa iyan ng hirap ng kalusugan at ISUSUKA niyan ang mga NILAMON NIYANG MAMON.

  • JK1000

    Enrile is like an illness to the Country,  He hates the Aquino so much because of his ambition to be the next President of the Country. He’s so hypocrite ! Instead of asking forgiveness for his crimes against the filipinos, he has the shame to even put a revenge against this poor guy.

    • Dionisio

      cencia ka na igan BASTARDO kasi, at walang umay laylay na ang mga balat sa katandaan, eh ayaw pa ring tumigil. Walang KABUSUGAN, ganyan ang mga GANID at GAHAMAN.

  • EdgarEdgar

    Comelec commissioner on way out, blames Enrile on behalf of Noynoy.

    But then again, a little check and balance wouldn’t hurt. Especially for a country with three equal branches of government. Please hand in your ID, security passes and passwords on your way out. Hope you do well in your next life. Who knows, Noynoy might even find you a plum post elsewhere in the government. Almost everyone in Tupas’ family is in the government’s employ, thanks to Noynoy. 

    • Dionisio

      ganuon ga??? eh ANAK NG TUPAS pala sila ah. utang na loob at utang sa labas .  sige magsama-sama kayo, parepareho naman kayong mga KAWATAN.

  • Raya

    serves you right.  so how does it feel to be at the other end of the table. you have just reaped whatever you sowed during your time in sti

  • al gero

    only in the philippines, you cannot touch the politicians even if youre on the die of the thruth, ang mga alalay ng pulitikong ito labas dila sa tuwa at kaganti daw sila,kay di umaasenso ang pilipinas,mga kababayan imulat ang mata, wag patatalo sa mandarambong na mag TRAPO,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gurruod

    This Lagman is close pala to the Aquinos kung ganoon. Kaya pala inappoint sa Comelec yon ang gift niya. May punto si Enrile.

    • JK1000

      BOBO ! Kaya galit si Enrile kay Com. Lagaman dahil noong eleksyon na yun hindi maka porma si Enrile para mandaya.

  • Beguine

    That’s politics… old hates old grievances never forgotten and
    seem like only yesterday when the time and occasion for
    revenge and vendetta and retribution comes along down
    the road, in this case down a very long and winding road indeed.

    As long as the key persons involved are still alive, in other words!

    Everything would have been OK for poor Lagman if only Enrile
    had been stricken with Alzheimer’s!

  • aldhins

    basta qualified sa position isantabi muna yung politika para naman  umangat na tyo MABUHAY !!!

  • Karabkatab

    Hindi kailangan marunong ka mag bilang kung ikaw ay mag a apply sa Comelec.  Kailangan marunong ka ng dadag bawas. Sino ba ang author ng dag-dag bawas?

  • Dionisio

    iyan si manong johnny ponce enrile (jpe) pag mag eeleksyon gusto niya HAPPY TAYO (kuno) pag nanalo at nasa puesto na gusto niya HAPPY SIYA (lang) JPE Please lang po MAGRETIRE na kayo sa pulitika ( sukang suka na kami sa iyo ikaw na lang ang  nag IISANG linta  sa iyong kapanahunan simula pa nuong late 1960s, wala ka na bang sawa at umay sa puesto??? HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH BA SA IYO/?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Dionisio

    syempre, humawak ng palayok, eh imposibleng hindi maulingan. nakatiempo, nagkaroon ng pagkakataon, eh ano pa nga ba gagawin kundi maging corrupt??? ika nga eh OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS ONLY ONCE kaya sinasamantala. ATTORNEY yata iyan??? abogado or abogago, just asking he he he…………………….

  • Dionisio

    napakahirap mag-isip ang WALANG ISIP.  paano nga magreresign eh appointment ay hindi naconfirm. ESEP ESEP muna bago komento para di matawag na BOBO or OGAG he he he 

  • Francis81

    KKKKK ka kasi Lagman, di ka naman talaha qualified.

    • JK1000

      BOBO ka din, anong hindi qualified..

  • JK1000

    Enrile has so much hatred and jelousy in his life , he does not forgive people who stop his ambition to become the next President of the Philippines. During the Snap Election before the EDSA revolution, Enrile manipulated the results of the election in favor of the Dictator Marcos by doing ” Operation Dagdag Bawas” he himself admitted during the botch Coup de E’tat against the Dictator Marcos.Comelec Com. Lagman used to be a NAMFREL official, NAMFREL is a known non partisan with a lot of credibility. Enrile cannot accept the fact that during the 1987 Senatorial election their tickets looks so lame in the National Election. He blamed Lagman for this.

    • Martin

      Namfrel was created by CIA.  Namfrel was headed by those who belonged to Makati Business Club, a loyal Cory supporter.

  • JK1000

    What an Hypocrite ! Enrile used to do ” Operation Dagdag Bawas” during the Marcos dictatorship now he’s blaming former NAMFREL officials for his Senatorial tickets lamed results. At that time Cory’s magic was so powerful that’s the reason why Enrile and his corrupt cronies didn’t win the election. He blamed Comelec Com. Lagaman for his own doings.

  • EngrhansTeh

    that is philippine politics,,,bakit kaya di isinulong ang FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ni PNOY pra mabawasan ung kakandito pra makapwesto at magkapera…bakit di isinulong ni PNOY para kitang kita ang lahat sa goberno.NILOLOKO na naman ba ang FILIPINO, sa totoong pinaglaban gamit ang salitang anti-corruption?…

    • JK1000

      Masyadong marumi ang utak mo, wala ka namang ebidensiya puro kuro kuro.

  • PFaurasentinel

    Masaklap ba, Gus?

    After giving your all, your reputation, your expertise in the service of PNoy’s election, hindi ka man lang ipinaglaban?

    How does it feel to be sacrificed at the altar of political expediency?

    Where is the moral righteousness, the moral arrogance, the moral high ground of this administration?

    Good luck, Gus, and be more politically savvy next time.

  • JK1000

    Don’t ever trust Enrile, he’s the same old corrupt Matial Law architect, and Ambush me actor. Why blame the poor Lagman ? At that time Cory’s magic was so powerful. The reason why Enrile’s tickets didn’t win because the filipinos are fed up with corrupt politicians like him. NOW, it’s a different generations of voters, Ignorance on the part of the new generation of voters saved the trapos and corrupt  such the likes of Enrile, Estrada, Honasan, Marcos, Lacson, Binay, Maceda, Kit Tatad, Escudero, Chavit Singson.

  • anu12345

    Base sa news, Enrile is for acquittal of CJ. May galit pa rin sa mga Aquino. Ang dalawang anino niya na si honasan at jinggoy ay for acquittal din.

    • JK1000

      Galit talaga sa mga Aquino si Enrile, kasi noong EDSA Revolution nung 1986 Coup de E’tat talaga ang balak nila ni Honasan laban sa Diktador Marcos kaya lang na buking sila kaya’t humingi ng tulong kay Cory at Cardinal Sin. Gusto ni Enrile siya ang maging Pangulo noon kaya lang hindi maka porma. kaya’t naglunsad sila ng 8 Coup de E’tat laban kay Cory.

      • anu12345

         Isa pang may sama ng loob kay Cory ay si Miriam. Kung tama ang recollection ko, sinuportahan ni Cory si Fidel instead na si  Miriam na cabinet member din yata noong 1992. Si Bongbong ay lumang family feud na at siguro lalong sumama nang hindi payagan na malibing sa “Libingan” ang tatay niya.

    • JK1000

      Nakalimutan mong isama ang tuta ni Enrile na si Tito Sotto, Escudero, SISA Santiago.

  • randyaltarejos

    Go ahead and explain what you knew about that shenanigan. You will either gain or lose nothing once you tell it all. Do it for public consumption.

  • catmanjohn

    Enrile, the vampire, the old Marcos Boy himself, the clever impostor and master deceiver, HE IS THE TRUE ENEMY OF THE STATE. The gist of Enrile’s motive is to rig the elections the old fashioned way, the only way he is familiar with, since he can’t comprehend the new technology that would be foolproof from corrupt rigged elections. The old dog has to be put down fast, and if by the grace of the Good Lord, Enrile will face his maker sooner rather than later, for the sake of justice and a better Nation.

  • Taiko_Kauna

    Tell the world how hypocrite enrile is; together with santiago, we would probably be better off if these 2 will vanish into thin air. 

  • CarlosC

    Gus Lagman is a loss to the Comelec. Too bad politics is the name of the game. 

  • kilabot

    lagman should be glad enrile saved him from extended exposure to the pnoy prostitute syndrome.

  • rick

    talaga itopng si manong johnny kala ko ba naging christian na ito….tsk, tsk tsk,

  • dtszero_cool

    I hv perform critical jobs as volunter for namfrel in several national elections and in some way work or communicated w/gus lagman. I personally do not thinks he’s a loss to the comelec. Also saying that he is an IT expert is really funny.

  • Ano Ikaw

    Well your reputation is tarnished. Why should you be re-appointed, 

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