UNA seeks recall of Lanto’s appointment

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As if being unseated as congressman for poll fraud were not enough, newly appointed Election Commissioner Macabangkit Lanto is accused of coercing election inspectors in the 2007 elections, an offense that carries a penalty of disqualification from holding public office and time in jail.

Lanto, 70, is a nominee of Sen. Franklin Drilon, campaign manager of the Liberal Party coalition’s Team PNoy, who is gunning for a 12-0 sweep of the senatorial elections.

The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) wants Malacañang to withdraw the appointment of Lanto, saying Drilon should apologize for allegedly misleading President Aquino on Lanto’s background.

After reviewing its records, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) found an existing case against Lanto for alleged coercion of the Board of Election Inspectors in Lanao del Sur, Election Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said Sunday.

Under the law, any person who, directly or indirectly, threatens, intimidates or coerces any election official or employee in the performance of his or her election duties, commits an election offense.

An election offense carries a penalty of up to six years in jail, disqualification from holding public office and from exercising the right to vote.

Brillantes said the Comelec law department had submitted a recommendation on the case to the commission en banc, which would have the final say on the case.

“It is already with us in the en banc,” Brillantes told reporters. But he declined to divulge the details of the recommendation pending decision to be rendered by the en banc.

On Friday, the Comelec chairman told reporters that he had ordered his staff to check whether there were pending complaints against Lanto after he received reports that the former lawmaker had unresolved cases in the Comelec.

Two vacancies

But Brillantes noted that the case could not prohibit Lanto from filling one of the two vacancies in the Comelec, brought about by the retirement of Election Commissioners Rene Sarmiento and Armando Velasco, once Lanto received his appointment papers from President Aquino.

“The pending case cannot stop him especially since his case is still in the investigation stage, wherein [his] guilt has not been established yet,” he said.

Nominated to the Comelec, along with Lanto, was election lawyer Maria Bernadette Sardillo. She later declined the nomination.

Malacañang on Friday said it was reviewing Lanto’s appointment after belatedly learning that the former congressman of the second district of Lanao del Norte was removed from his congressional seat in 1994 for election fraud.

Beneficiary of fraud

The House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) ruled that Lanto appeared to have been a beneficiary of fraud, citing two falsified certificates of canvass, which had been derived from tampered election returns.

Lanto denied he cheated in the elections, insisting that he was a victim of a syndicate in the HRET.

UNA campaign manager Toby Tiangco said in a statement that Drilon “has placed the President in an embarrassing situation of appointing a person with a tainted past.”

Tiangco said the UNA would rather think that Drilon managed to deceive the Palace into supporting Lanto by vouching for him.

“Otherwise, the other angle is that the Palace ignored Lanto’s tainted past for political ends. We don’t want to believe that. We don’t want to believe that the Palace was so sloppy in its background check of a nominee to a sensitive position like the Comelec,” he said.

Be frank enough

Drilon should come clean on his actions and say sorry to the President, Tiangco said.

“We want to hear from Senator Drilon himself. He should be frank enough to admit that he was Lanto’s principal backer. He should be frank enough to admit he tried to pull a fast one in recommending Lanto,” he added.

“Senator Drilon should also apologize to the President for misleading him. And the Palace should do the right thing and withdraw Lanto’s appointment.”

Tiangco also said that since the Comelec was such a crucial institution, its nominees must pass through a rigorous selection process to check their integrity and independence.

UNA believes Lanto’s appointment was intended to help the LP coalition in the 2013 elections and 2016 elections, Tiangco said.—With a report from Leila B. Salaverria

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W6OYQAQ3YNWGE4SIRA4IIQ4Y3Y joshua

    Junk Team Malaysia (AKA Team PNOY)

    • speaksoftlylove

       Instead of Team Malisya mas angkop siguro ang Team Patayan, ano sa palagay mo, PeeNoy?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/W6OYQAQ3YNWGE4SIRA4IIQ4Y3Y joshua

         Team Malaysia parin ako….

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Sa wakas, lumabas na rin ang baho ni baboy drilon. 

  • quirinomayer

    Si Gordon lang ang iboboto kong tagaUNA pero sa kaso ni Lanto, kampi ako sa UNA. Walang karapatang maging commissioner ng Comelec ang isang taong nabuking na nandaya sa halalan at may kasalukuyang isa pang kaso tungkol din sa halalan.

    Para sa sarili nyang kapakanan at sa kapakanan ng bayan, dapat ihinto na ni Pnoy ang   pagappoint sa mga taong baluktot at mabantot komo kaibigan nya  o kaibigan ng mga kaibigan nya ang mga ito kagaya ni Lanto.

    Pnoy, maawa ka naman sa bansa. Isipinmo naman ang nakakarami bago ka pipirma ng mga appointments.  Marami namang iba dyan na qualified.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W6OYQAQ3YNWGE4SIRA4IIQ4Y3Y joshua

       PNOY: Go Team Malaysia( Team PNOY) kaya nating mag 12 – 0 tatlo na ung kakampi natin sa Comelec si Padaca, Brllantes at Lanto kaya nating ipapanalo yan. pati survey Firm hawak sa leeg. Walang Mahalga sakin kahit mamatay lahat ng Pilipino sa Sabah ang mahalaga maka 12 – 0 tayo. Go Team Malaysia

      • gmaisthebestpresident

        I think Com.Brillantes is doing a very good job in the COMELEC.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/W6OYQAQ3YNWGE4SIRA4IIQ4Y3Y joshua

         di pa tapos ang halalan di ba ganyan si Abalos nung nasa comelec pa sya kaya pag naka 12- 0 ung Team Malaysia baka may hello Macky na. Go Team Malaysia

  • bongarroyo

    diskumpiyado si migs zubirre kay lanto baka MADAYA raw siya at si erap rin mahirap na daw baka MAGNAKAW pa iyan…..lalo na si enrile baka raw MAMEKE pa ng boto iyan….LOL

    ang makasakay genius…LOL

  • boyod

    ok ka DRILON. drill it to the bone, siguradong 12-0 na tayo. walang pamana iton g UNA panalo na tayo. Utakan lang!  

  • kalealaskador

    Of more than 100M Filipinos, we need only one (1) honest and trustworthy person to replace Lanto. It will be more appropriate to appoint someone who is not or has never been involved in politics.

  • farmerpo

     ‘Lanto, 70, is a nominee of Sen. Franklin Drilon.’  This alone disqualifies Lanto. Case closed.
     

  • Palku Kha

    anong klaseng pang gobyerno tayo ngayon! ang mga inaappoint puro may mga kaso.Lanto and Padaca.ito ang tinatawag na TUWID NA DAAN na puro lukbak-lukbak!!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W6OYQAQ3YNWGE4SIRA4IIQ4Y3Y joshua

       ok lang basta maka 12- 0 ung team Malaysia. (AKA Team PNOY)

  • padrefaura

    the comelec now has a commissioner with an election offense case and another commissioner with a graft case. what happened to “matuwid na daan”? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

    LANTO MARAMING GALIT SA IYO DAHIL NAGKASALA KA NOON. DI BALE, JUST JOIN THE MILF, BAKA MAS KAILANGAN KA DOON. TAINTED PAST SABI NI TOBY TIANGCO, EH SI ERAP NA LEADER NILA TIANGCO HINDI TAINTED PAST. PAINTED WITH ABSTRACT AND PSYCHEDELIC PAST.

  • MULEN

    I thought Muslims abhor pig or anything that resembles such.

  • Cerise David

    Bakit ba pinagpipilitan ni Drilon si Lanto?  It would be a lot easier for everyone if Drilon just withdrew the nomination.  Convicted, unseated and under investigation for coercion of election inspectors, kasama ba yan sa required qualifications ng Comelec commissioner?

    They’ve railroaded people for much less in the guise of “tuwid na daan daw”.

  • mekeni62

    Drilon is a pig and will always be a pig sans the snout. He may look human but that nose betrays the likeness. A pig for the Senate presidency will be a first for the Guiness Book……and then comes Lanto.

    • duviz7533

      nakakapagtaka nga bakit close sila ni lanto..muslim si  lanto ang alam ko ang muslim ayaw ng baboy

  • XY ZEE

    Para sa paglakad ng papeles ni Lanto, magkano ba ang sa atin dyan Sen. Drilon?

  • isidro c. valencia

    If P-Noy will withdraw the appointment of Lanto, then the people will perceive that he is listening to the people including the voice of the opposition, he is sensitive to the needs of the people, and he is just and practical leader.

    Kung alisin nia si Lanto, then 12-0 in favor of Team P-Noy.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W6OYQAQ3YNWGE4SIRA4IIQ4Y3Y joshua

       excuse me di na po Team PNOY ang pangalan ng grupo nila kungdi Team Malaysia na. Wag kakalimutan Team Malaysia (AKA team PNOY)

  • vodot

    Kung susundan po natin ang panukala ng UNA na dapat walang bahid kontrobersya ang maglilingkod sa bayan, marami sa kanilang kandidato at mga pinuno nawawalan ng trabaho o di dapat e halal ng mamamayan.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W6OYQAQ3YNWGE4SIRA4IIQ4Y3Y joshua

       kung susundan naman natin ang tuwad na daan ng Team Malaysia (AKA Team PNOY) papunta na naman po tayo sa isang Hello Garci ito ay tatawaging Hello Macky. puro walang bayag at paninindigan ang bumubuo ng Team Malaysia at ang mga pinuno nila ay sangkot sa dayaan noong 2004 elections di ba Mr. Noted Pangilinan. Noted Noted

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    team pnoy is trapo and corrupt….

    out of 95 million Filipinos, there are no other better alternatives to Lanto????

    gullible Filipinos and UTO UTOs are the only people who believe in Yellow govt’

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMRXSOYS6ZCDDW43HZ4Z2XKVMQ BrAX82

    Drilon is a mutant… Mutant power niya is to be immuned to delikadeza and an indestructible face. Mahihiya nalang adamantium ni wolverine sa mukha niya.

  • wakats

    If PNoy won’t heed the public outcry for the recall of lanto’s appointment – the LP senatorial candidates might as well kiss goodbye for a dreamt 12-0 landslide.

    The brilliant Sixto should initiate the filing of election case against lanto for alleged coercion of the board of election inspectors in Lanao del Sur in 2007.

    If drillon’s recommendee is recalled, we could say “nipped in the nick of time” and to hell with frank and his hidden agenda….. 

  • Jejemon_Binay

    Decline na ni Llanto ang trabaho para matahimik na mga UNA sa paninira.
    Ang tanong ngayon sa UNA, kailan decline din ni Migs ang kanyang kandidatura?
    Masmatinde ginawa ni Migs sa national elekson pa nandaya ng boto.
    Maraming bata ni Arroyo sa UNA kagaya ni Migs, Mitos at Enrile.
    Mayroon pang convicted Plunderer at mga Kurakot kagaya nila Maceda, Binay at Enrile.
    Puro bugok na itlog pala ang UNArrroyo party.

  • calixto909

    This action of UNA to undermine the leadership of Aquino although its for the good of governance at one glance but it exemplifies hostility to its whole gamut since it’s a political season. This typical action shows their trending that once UNA candidates reign in the senatorial race then a hostile senate is bound to be installed to control the senate and counter every good program of Aquino in order to make him a bad apple of society as a prelude to the 2016 presidential election.

    Forming a hostile senate is the strategy that UNA will surely apply so as to destroy all good programs of Aquino so that his matuwid na daan shall have many potholes to dismay the Fiipino people thus making him inutile to campaign for Roxas against the UNA candidate Binay in 2016. 

    The adversarial effect of a hostile senate to our fast growing economy brought forth by the dynamism of Pnoy is the burning issue or the hanging sword of Damocles that we must preclude to happen if we all want that our lives further benefit from his good and fruitful governance. Let’s vote straight TEAM PNOY for senators.

            

  • brunogiordano

    “With deep regret, I respectfully decline my appointment as a member of the Comelec,” Lanto said in his letter addressed to President Benigno Aquino III dated March 9.”

    DOWN BOY!!!!! TIANGCO.

    Declined na ni LANTO iyong appointment.

    Tumahimik ka na.

  • luzviminda88

    Nandito na naman ang bolerong si Tiangco para magkalat ng propaganda para siraan ang Team Pnoy kasi talong talo sila sa survey. Hoy bakla maganda na ang takbo ng ekonomiya natin dahil sa malinis na trabaho ni Aquino kahit mayroon pang ibang kawani na korup hanggang ngayon.kaya ako at ang mga anak ko’y iboboto ang lahat na kandidato niya sa senado. Mabuhay Team Pnoy

  • tunderlulo

    Kahit anong pakulo ang ipalabas ng UNA para siraan ang Team Pnoy ay hindi ako maapektohan kasi paninira lang yan upang baka sakali ay may mabingwit silang nawalay sa landas na boboto sa kanilang mga kurakot na kandidato sa pagkasenador. Pero ako lahat ng Team Pnoy pasok.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMRXSOYS6ZCDDW43HZ4Z2XKVMQ BrAX82

      Para magexplain ka ng ganyan, ib ig sabihin apektado ka. Please paki mellow down ang katangahan.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MRDICI44WDXDVSQI4LXZFW7NPY A-Rod

      C Villar ipasok mo pa rin pagkatapos ng Nurse issue? wla kabang relative na nurse?

  • billy gunner

    Hahaha! Yan mga kababayan ang daang matuwid (kuno): wala na ngang direksyon, kumukuha pa ng mga taong may “magandang” record! tuwid na daan my buttt! lol

  • Gloria Wheelchairroyo

    NO to Team Malaysia and YES to UNArroyo aka Kirat party in May.
    1. Migs – my manok at mandaraya sa national election.
    2. Mitos – my manok, number 1 protektor at maninira ni PNOY.
    3. Enrile – anak ng smuggler, kurakot, martial law architect at my protector sa senate.
    4. Estrada – anak ng convicted plunderer, lasengo, sugarol at midnight cabinet.
    5. Honasan – rebulusyonaryo, murderer at protector ni Enrile.
    6. Gordon – talunan, maninira sa gobyerno at sabi nya mga tanga daw Filipino kaya sya natalo sa eleksyon nung 2010.
    7. Maceda – talunan at kurakot.
    8. Binay – walang trabaho at magandang record kunde anak ng kurakot at kalaban ng gobyerno.
    9. Tobyrroyo – my campaign manager na witness ni Coronarroyo for my proteksyon.
    WOW galing talaga ng UNArroyo party ko.

    • billy gunner

       mas maganda ang team malaysia kasi bukod sa pagiging turncoats, mga plastic lahat. kaya mas magaliong talaga ang team malaysia! lol

  • Maitum

    Hindi alam ng marami na na decline na ni Lanto ang appointment nya sa comelec? Ang dami pa ng mga dumadakdak na decline na pala. Mga tanga.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

      Nag decline dahil NABUKING…..so paano na si Drilon who pushed for the appointment of Lanto? BUKING rin?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMRXSOYS6ZCDDW43HZ4Z2XKVMQ BrAX82

    I’m sure tuwang tuwa ang Team Malaysia pag nagbabasa ng Inquirer. Dami parin uto uto eh haha.

  • jimi_c

    The act of Mr. Lanto who declined the appointment because of the controversy in the past is an act of a person with dignity not like our politicians like most of the UNA candidates with family history of controversy still want to be elected in office. How shameful for all of us filipinos.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

      You forgot, those who authored the appointment of Lanto of the infamous Hello Garci ay mga tauhan ng mga naka bihis dilaw…..

    • billy gunner

      wrong. you should have asked drilon why he recommended lanto in the first place.

  • Bulalo

    Akala ko ba ayaw ng aquino admin ng “palusot”… Bakit ngayon sila mismo
    ang gustong magpalusot? masyadong na yata tayong binibilog ng
    administrasyong ito. palibhasa, sa sobrang tuwid ng kanilang daan, sila
    mismo ang nag-o-“over-speeding” at wala ng pakialam sa mga nasasagasaan
    basta lamang makamit ang pansarili nilang gustong patutunguhan….

  • Jejemon_Binay

    Nagdecline na si Llanto, si Migs kailan din aayaw sa
    pagkandidato?

    Dahil sa issue kay Llanto na nakinabang sa dayaan 20 years
    ago. Siguradong talo na si Migs na nandaya sa National eleksyon 6 years ago.

    Tumahimik ka naTobyroyyo, di ba ikaw yung witness ni
    Coronarroyo para di sya ma-impeach? Talagang nakipagalyansa na kayo kay Arroyo
    at 3 kandidato nya sa UNA, sina Migs, Enrile at Mitos. 

  • eltee mulawin

    >>>ALL ARE SUCKS.

  • maypakialamtayo

    wala na po si lanto, guilty kasi!

  • KonsensyaNgBayan

    UNA parang pulis patola sa pelikula direksyon ni PlundErap, pag tapos na ang labanan doon sila umaaksyon. Nag decline na nga si Macabangkit Lanto, ngayon lang bumabato. Toby Tiangco mahilig kasi sa bato, kaya tuwing presscon mga mata`y namumula at parang zombie ang mukha. Huwag nating bigyan ng pag-asa kahit sino sa UNA, ang masamang damo kailanman ay hindi na titino. Mga tuta ni Marcos, Enrile, PlundErap, GMA, at Binay sa UNA`y magpapakitang gilas pag patapos na ang Termino kaban ng bayan simot at may utang pa tayo. Ang hirap magbayad ng utang, gumawa ng paraan upang buhay natin ay gumaan. Ngunit itong grupo ng UNA pamilya lagi ang inu-UNA, at mga grupo sa partido palaging ina-abswelto!…Kaya ngayon tayo ay dapat matuto, huwag magpa-bola sa mga UNAng sira ang ulo, ugaling demonyo at laman ng itim na maligno!!…

  • catmanjohn

    It would not surprise me one bit if UNA was actually behind trying to slip a corrupto like Lanto into this position to rig the elections in their favor. Very typical strategy, Carl Rove 101. One can hope that the Inquirer will reveal what Senator Drilon has to say about this, and his part in this dangerous charade.

  • Guest

    Kung merong “Hello Garci” noon 2004, ngayon naman merong Hello Macky or
    Hello Lanto?

  • Guest

    Matagal nang nila-lobby ni Drilon si Lanto…ang bagong hepe ng sindikato
    sa Comelec. Welcome aboard Commissioner Lanto.

  • boybakal

    Poor Lanto….Lantotay.

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