Padaca denies allegations she blocked Sardillo appointment


Election Commissioner Grace Padaca. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Election Commissioner Grace Padaca on Tuesday denied reports that she blocked the appointment of lawyer Ma. Bernadette Sardillo to the Commission on Elections.

Padaca denied allegations that she went to Malacañang to lobby against Sardillo, who declined her appointment to the Comelec on Saturday or just two days after the Palace announced her posting to the election body.

“No. No. I did not go anywhere,” Padaca told reporters in an ambush interview at the Comelec before begging off from answering more questions.

Padaca supposedly blocked Sardillo’s appointment because the latter was the lawyer of former Isabela Gov. Benjamin Dy in the election protest he filed against Padaca over the results of the 2007 gubernatorial race in Isabela.

In 2009, the Comelec sided with Dy and declared that he won over Padaca with just 1,051 votes. Padaca was unseated as Isabela governor.

Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. said he was not aware of Padaca’s supposed lobbying against Sardillo.

“When the appointment was announced, we were here in the en banc meeting and I did not see any reaction from Commissioner Padaca as far as I can see,” Brillantes said.

“We even joked around that they might work together in the Second Division,” he added.

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  • Night

    uto t mo plastic!!!


    Ayaw ni SARdillo makita si Grace!

  • Brando

    Tama! Kahit ano pa denial, yon na ang tutoo! Phil politics nga naman!

  • padrefaura

    I dont trust someone who has a graft case in the sandiganbayan. Kapal ng mukha. I padaca, kawatan din pala.

  • Noel

    Padaca herself should have declined being appointed to Comelec.  She’s not a lawyer.  What does she know about Comelec matters and election?

  • boybakal

    Padaca denies allegations she blocked Sardillo appointment

    Pataka ka diha Padaca

  • leomar101

    All of  budoy’s choice to fill in strategic positions in his government are all tainted with cases already in place in different courts. hahaha. Padaca for all her charms should not be in comelec because she has a case already in sandiganbayan. She has even a standing warrant of arrest. but because she is close to aquino,all rules and laws were ignored. Is that not a good example of tuwad na tuwad na daan? Think about lanto the latest magician for a 12-0 victory that almost got in  simply because it was recomended by baboy drilon. Or is it really drilon who choose him to be in comelec? the fact that such anomaly happened under mongol’s watch then he must be involved in preparing the 12-0 victory this coming election. Baboy drilon is only a proxy when he is caught in a compromising situation . bwahahahaha. Padaca will pay back budoy  this coming election. I’m sure about it because her case  in Sandiganbayan proved that she is not what she pretend to be. bwahahaha. Padaca should rather go back to the swamps and join the palacas there. hahaha.

  • elgeepee

    The President should not appoint people with graft cases. Padaca is one, she should clear her name first to prove she is not guilty. 

  • maypakialamtayo

    mas hanga ako dun sa dalawang may delikadesa, alam nilang hindi kayang makisama sa mga taong plastic, kaysa dito sa padaca na ito, ang kapal mo, mahiya ka naman, di ba may kaso ka.

  • disqusted0fu

    Grace Padaca only became a Comelec commissioner because she is a member of Pnoy’s KKK. If it wasn’t for that she’d probably be in court or maybe even in jail right now because of graft charges filed against her, so she has no right in lobbying or blocking or plainly making decisions whatsoever.

    • 26ponks

      mabuti naman po at ganyan ang comment mo…this proves that padaca never lobby or for any intention…to lobby against somebody…pinatutunayan mo lang na wala syang karapatan…at alam nya yun so y she was being suspected…also in response to jasonbieber at pag ayon kay 1bravo9…tama po alamin nyo muna ang basis ng kaso bago  kayo mag comment…nakakatuwa nga..nakakasuhan ang gumagawa ng mabuti…sabi nga its more fun in the phils…

  • 1bravo9

    ano problema nyo padaca alamin nyo kung sino kalaban nya na nag file ng graft bihira ang gaya ni padaca na lumalaban sa pader na gaya ng mga dy puro kayo kontra tingnan nyo muna kung ano magagawa ngayon pa lang magiging fare ang comelec puro kayo reklamo

  • JasonBieber

    Padaca has a graft case against her and yet PNoy still appointed her to the Comelec post and allowed her travel abroad. We thought that individuals with graft cases against them are not allowed to travel outside the country unless that only goes for GMA since PNoy has invoked his selective justice system.

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