Comelec workers endorse bet for poll commissioner


Comelec Employees Union President Mark Ramirez (left) formally announces their endorsement of lawyer Alexander Pilotin (right) for the position of Comelec commissioner. Pilotin said that he will push for the increase in salary of Comelec workers and their benefits. SANTOS

MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Employees Union (EU) announced Tuesday their candidate for the position of Comelec commissioner and called on President Benigno Aquino III to appoint someone “from the ranks.”

Comelec-EU National President Mark Ramirez introduced lawyer Alexander Pilotin, 46, the current Regional Election Attorney of Comelec Region II and also Election Officer of Santiago City, Isabela, to reporters saying that he “will work for the best interest of the rank and file.”

Pilotin said that he will push for the welfare of the 5,000 employees of Comelec nationwide, adding that they are just as important as the holding of the elections.

In a letter to Aquino, Ramirez said that Comelec workers “have long been burdened by the low salary we receive compared to workers in other government agencies and constitutional bodies.”

“An Election Officer 1 is paid with a measly monthly salary of P18,333 (salary grade 12) despite the huge responsibility of running the elections in a district, city, or municipality,” Ramirez said.

In comparison, an Election Officer’s counterpart in the local government, such as a Municipal Treasurer, gets a monthly salary of P49,750 (salary grade 24), he said.

“For employees in the Comelec Central Office … most of them are left with a take home pay of P3,000 monthly because of mandatory deductions and left and right loans,” Ramirez said.

“We believe Pilotin has sufficient experience in the field as an election officer and sufficient knowledge of election laws,” he said.

Pilotin had worked as provincial election supervisor in Ifugao Province in the Cordillera Administrative Region from 1999 to 2004. He then worked as provincial legal officer, office of the provincial human rights action officer from 2004 to 2008.

Two commissioner posts are currently vacant after the retirement of Commissioners Rene Sarmiento and Armando Velasco.

This is the first time the 2,500-strong Comelec-EU has formally endorsed a candidate for the post of Comelec Commissioner.

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  • Moncsj Moncsj

    “Pilotin said that he will push for the welfare of the 5,000 employees of Comelec nationwide, adding that they are just as important as the holding of the elections.”. For this statement alone,
    we ought to throw this guy out of the highest building in the land. For him to think about the economic welfare of 5,000 employees versus the governance and the way of life for 102 million Pilipinos is just so incompetently unimaginable. The President of the COMELEC Union endorsing
    his candidacy on his employee welfare platform is an example of the blind leading the dumb and blind. This Union President and his cohorts knew what they were going to get paid when they
    seeked employement with COMELEC. Now he wants to foist their concerns on our election commission by having one their own appointed to the Commission —  let’s just cpounsel them to seek private employment so they can rise up as fast as their competence will allow them. 

  • EdgarEdgar

    The Comelec workers’ appeal to the president will fall on deaf ears. All their lives, Noynoy and his clan have been anti-farmers, anti-peasants, anti-workers, anti-employees, anti-salarymen and anti-wage-earners. Noynoy himself relied entirely on the sweat and blood of landless farmers to enjoy all the luxury he and his clan have been enjoying off the toiling backs of peasant farmers. Without making a bigger noise through the media, through the internet and gaining more public support, the Comelec workers will be frustrated by the palace again. Adding insult to injury, Sixto the white-haired clown will be clapping and smiling on the side for he has made quite a bundle again this 2013 just as he did in 2010.

  • Lamiyth

    To make the 2013 national and local election, honest, clean and credible just concentrate on the precinct level voting to avoid unscrupulous individual padded the official ballots for the benefits of the favor candidates.

  • magiting78

    Once again personal agenda…..pano uunlad ang bayan….pinasuk nila ang ganyang trabaho they should be ready for any consequences…cguro naman kung maganda ang performance ng departamento walang dahilan para hnd itaas ang sahod nila..

  • JasonBieber

    Save your letters, save your voice, and save you breaths…they will all be for not.

    PNoy will not appoint someone from the ranks unless someone from the ranks is a PNoy KKK member.

    Have you not seen that anyone appointed to any government position whether it be the Chief Justice of Chief legal adviser for Malacanang have been PNoy KKKs.

  • disqusted0fu

    Forget it. Pnoy will not appoint anyone who is not from his pool of KKKs. Unless this someone can benefit his personal interests, but otherwise, it is highly unlikely.

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