Padaca vows to remain independent



Former Isabela governor and now newly-appointed Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—“Ingat Grace (Take care Grace),” this was the message of President Benigno Aquino III to newly appointed Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Grace Padaca.

Padaca, who took her oath on Monday before Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, assured the people that she would remain independent despite ties with Aquino who paid for her bail bond at the Sandiganbayan worth P70,000.

“Hindi po magtatagal mahuhusgahan na ninyo ako sa pamamagitan ng mga desisyon na aking gagawin. In a week or so, kasi kailangan nang tutukan ang party list disqualifications (Soon you’ll be able to judge me through the decisions I will be making. In a week or so, I will have to focus on party-list groups’ disqualification),” Padaca told reporters Monday.

De Lima is Padaca’s lawyer during the 2001 and 2004 elections.

She said she would pay close attention on “3 curses” of the electoral system-vote buying, terrorism and cheating.

After taking her oath, she went to the Comelec to be briefed on priority cases the poll body is currently handling.

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  • Albin

    Commisioner representing malacanang.

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      And the same people resent RCC for allegedly receiving (and giving) favor from GMA.


      • Ronald

        The difference is that this time garapalan.

      • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        but then, stealing is still stealing. if you get caught stealing 1M or 1Peso, you are not called a thief.

        if one steals a lamb, and another steals a sheep, are they not both accused of the same crime?

      • Ding

        Eh, kung nawalan ka ng piso…at nawalan uli ng sanglibo, pareho ba ang lakas ng atungal mo?
        in both cases, pareho ang kaso…nawalan.

      • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        pero, kawatan pa rin tawag mo sa nag nakaw, diba?

        You, the victim feels the effect (1 or 1k), that is understandable, but it doesn’t affect what you would call the perpetrators of the crime, dba.

        If you were robbed, you call them both robbers.

        If your property was stolen, then they are both thieves.

    • mave

      May kilala ka bang Presidente na opposisition ung inappoint nya na commisioner?

      • Lloyd

        of course none but not to appoint a person tainted with cases against him/her and temporary liberty is at stake because of her bail being paid by Pnoy. Is there any bias act on this issue.

  • Bert

    Good luck to her. But I hope she is true to her words, despite the tag of being a pnoy puppet.


    Another “super wonder woman” literally bailed out by his zero hero mediocre messiah…all for the “Tuwid Na Daan Daw” media blabber.  Just like in a beauty pageant where the answer is always “World Peace”…
    Hahahahaha!  Objectivism is the key! 

    • hatecorrupt

      bring back abalos. he can do better for clean and honest election..

  • malek_abdul

    I trust her.

  • farmer clover

    Until now this government like us to believe their lies.. It is a clear manipulation.. :P

    • hatecorrupt

      yeh right. bring back abalos to comelec….he is honest…

    • Ding

      P…rin…Bigyan natin ng panahon at pagkakataon…kaysa ngayon manggagalaiti na tayo, of course, we can express our speculations…ganon na lang muna.

  • Lloyd

    It is very easy to say but very hard to do it. How you would say that you will remain independent and not favoring Pnoy at any given time. Lukuhin mo lelang mong panot.

    • hatecorrupt

      if you dont like her ibalik si abalos….

      • Lloyd

        Why u like abalos? There are a lot of credible and honest person to occupy any position in the comelec but not the one having been cases of graft and malversations of public funds.

    • Ding

      Eh, kung wala siyang lelang na panot?  Hindi ko pa rin, isa-suggest na ikaw na lang..  Sa iyo, I suggest kahit Best Friend lang si Bea, dapat alagaan — mabait na, maganda pa.


     return the 70,000.00 bail money without condition and face the charges filed against you at the sandiganbayan, equally the sandiganbayan another lapdog of pnoy will do everything what pnoy orders them to do, a slave and bunch of sycophant sandiganbayan justices who follows every step pnoy does even when he orders the sandiganbayan justices to wipe his behind they will do it  just for the sake of making pnoy happy!! padaca your such a LOONEY, BALONEY, FAKE, DISGUSTING WOMAN to look at everytime you are featured in the media you make us puke!!!!

  • Marcial72

    Dati bilib ako dito sa Padacang to, pero  sinungaling din pala.  Dati akala ko kung sinong matino to, may kaso  din pala ng graft!

  • Reynaldo Quijada

    If Garcillano was able to do a lot using his powers as commissioner, Padaca or any of the COMELEC commissioners including Brillantes can also do the same and even more. Yon nga lang either in favor of good governance or not. It is really the call of the commissioners. If I may suggest, Brillantes should resign and give way to the likes of Padaca who has correctly pointed out the three main scourges of the electoral process which are vote buying, terrorism and cheating which are all geared to a common objective of thwarting the sovereign will of of the people. I would even suggest that Grace Padaca be made the Chairman if Brillantes has the honor to voluntarily resign!!

  • kilabot

    padaca is independent, and noykapon is lgbt.

  • Cal_Reznick

    Let’s be clear…the way in which she got her position and the events that occurred leading up to her appointment as Comelec proves without a doubt that favoritism, bias, double standards, and special treatments is alive and well within the PI government and Administration.

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