Comelec ‘back to zero,’ says Brillantes



Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is “back to zero” after former ambassador and Lanao del Norte Representative Macabangkit Lanto declined his appointment as commissioner.

“He (Lanto) could definitely help Comelec so it’s unfortunate [he declined],” Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr, said in a radio interview Monday, following Lanto’s letter to President Benigno Aquino III dated March 9 declining the appointment.

Lanto cited a past electoral fraud case where he lost his seat as the reason behind his decision to decline.

“With deep regret, I respectfully decline my appointment as a member of the Comelec,” Lanto said in his letter. “After a thorough consultation with my family, I have arrived at this decision, owing in large part to the controversy that surrounded my appointment.”

Election lawyer Maria Bernadette Sardillo had also declined Aquino’s appointment, citing her family’s preference that she remains in the private sector.

“We are back to zero, the result is that no one has been appointed because both declined,” Brillantes said.

He said he was hopeful that there will be an immediate replacement for both Lanto and Sardillo.

An election ban on appointments is set to take effect by March 29.

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  • Danilo Navarro

    20 yrears ago na case kalaban mga dimaporo..he he he ngayon TOBY wala ka ng reklamo kung pinabayaan ninyon tanggapin di sana kung matatalo ang kandidato ninyo may alibi kayo ngayon kung matalo kandidato ninyo wala na kayong magandang alibi

    • Tristanism

      Hahaha. I like the way you think.

  • zedle

    Tanggal na si Lanto.  Makapal pa rin talaga ang mukha ni Grace Padaca.  Mag-resign ka na rin Padaca hanggang may natitira pa sa iyong konting delikadeza

    • MOTO


    • shane oy

      how could you remove somebody na hindi pa tinatanggap? daming idyota rito.

  • $17531445

    Back to zero, he says   –  how does one get back to something he never left?

  • JosephNess

    “With deep regret, I respectfully decline my appointment as a member of the Comelec,” Lanto said in his letter.

    he is a decent and honorable man after all,  this is what we need in every person who wanted to join the public service, unfortunately, we have so few, and most who serve are those who wanted to be served…they are mostly braggarts and fools…

    • shane oy

      lol how can he be part of public sector eh nagdecline na nga. after all the criticisms sasabihin ngaun honorable man sya… how ironic the Filipino really.  sinumang magdecline honorable agad then praise public service … I dont get it. please englighten me 

      • JosephNess

        yes, if he’s not honorable, he will stick to his appointment no matter how hard and shameful the criticisms brought him…at least, he has a little decency in him to be honorable to decline the appointment…and I respect your opinion….

  • Cerise David

    Mukhang magiging sacrificial lamb ang Comelec this season.  Walang nang matinong gustong sumali.

  • PlundERAP

    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.

  • kilabot

    very rare that noykapon’s whim is thwarted. 
    next time, he is bound to appoint thicker-faced yellow loyalists; 
    who will stick it out no matter what.

  • mercuree

    Kung matinong tao siya, sayang. pero maganda na rin na nag-decline siya dahil kung naging commisioner siya hindi matapos ang pagbatikos sa kanya, at sa presidente. gawin pa siyang dahilan ng mga matatalo sa election.

  • Charles Alde

    If we all look at our history, then no one under the dynasties should seat in any government office! They all have their own share of corruption, crime, crookedness, fraud, etc.. on their resume! 

  • Apolinario

    Basta ako pag bumoto ayaw ko ng mga kandidatong my dynasty. Pasensya na kayo di nyo ako mauuto.

  • Milesaway

    Hindi ba kahit janitor lang ang aapply mong work sa gobyerno you need to submit your latest NBI clearance? Ang kapatid ko nga hindi nakapag-abroad dahil ang daming niyang kapangalan hindi nakakuha ng clearance. Eto nga si  Lanto, Padaca, Lacson, GMA and others hindi ba kailangan ang NBI Clearance bago ma-approve ang appointment nila? tanong lang po.

  • johnnie r

    …What about BAIL-BOND Grace???

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    Back to zero? Not really. Brillantes has been stonewalling questions about the source code and the flash chips. These were questions raised not just by CBCP but also IT professionals. Brillantes may be the first Comelec Chair to pull off the biggest electoral sabotage and electronic cheating in the history of the Philippines. That’s not back to zero at all.

  • XY ZEE

    Drilon: Sayang at nabuko.Di bale, marami pa naman diyan na marunong sa kalokohan ng COMELEC.

  • disqusted0fu

    When did the Comelec, under the leadership of Brillantes ever advanced to 1 at least? They’ve always been on 0 since the problems of the PCOS machines and its source code was cited back in 2010 which up to now is still unresolved. Lanto’s decision to decline the position just saved them from being -1.

  • JasonBieber

    Back to zero ay? Wow! This close to the elections the Comelec is zero? What have they been doing the past 3 years since last elections?

    They have more problems than just one guy declining the appointment…in fact, Lanto accepting the appointment would have been a bigger problem.

    It’s still crazy how PNoy’s guy Drilon could nominate Lanto…and even crazier how PNoy could appoint a man who was involved in poll fraud.

  • buttones

    “Back to zero…” There’s still time to ferret out someone, and it seems this issue about a candidate being under investigation for basically anything hardly matters anyway so that leads the field open. As Captain Brilliant has said in so many words ’everyone is innocent until proven guilty’ , [well NOT quite everyone of course- LP members certainly…] What is it with we Filipino? We seem not to care about accepting people, and in fact electing them to office even if they have pending charges against them, even worse, they have served jail terms. Estrada is one, Trillanes another, Lacson lies on the border of credibility, Gwen Garcia is another one lined up for the House with so many charges pending against her I can’t even count, and I don’t know how many others….. I doubt there are many private companies that would hire anybody who has pending charges against them for this or that, accepting this ‘presumption of innocence’ idea….It seems to me that pending litigation, actual proved guilt and even sentence is a prerequisite to holding public office- when did this happen?

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