Brillantes mulls quitting over series of legal battle losses of Comelec at SC

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Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said Tuesday that he is now thinking about resigning from his post after the Supreme Court, for the fourth time, issued a decision against the Comelec.

“With these series of decisions coming from the Supreme Court (SC), I think it appears that they are already the ones running the elections and no longer us,” Brillantes told reporters Tuesday after the SC issued a Status Quo Ante order agains the Comelec’s airtime limit rule.

Brillantes cited previous instances in which the high tribunal went against the Comelec, such as the “Team Patay, Team Buhay” posters in Bacolod, the case of the disqualified partylist groups and then remanded to Comelec with new guidelines, SC’s reversal of its previous decision regarding the case of Imus mayor Emmanuel Maliksi and Homer Squilayan.

“Initially my reaction was that I might be the problem, I might have been too strict. Maybe they think that I like my position here too much,” Brillantes said.

“Maybe I have to take a rest for one day or two days and maybe talk to the president and tell him ‘maybe I am the problem, maybe you want me to leave’,” he said.

Brillantes said that the president might want to “[assign] somebody else first.”

“I am just working here, I am making the reforms necessary,” he said.

Brillantes further said that it would not affect the upcoming elections much since most of the preparations were already complete.

“It’s about time; if I decide not to continue as chairman of this commission, I would have done my job already; we are already winding up the preparations,” he said.

Brillantes said that they would still await the official decision of the SC to know exactly whether the entire resolution or just certain parts are covered by the Status Quo Ante order.

Through a vote of 9-6, the SC issued the status quo ante order against Comelec resolution 9615 which placed airtime limits on political advertisements.

Several petitions have been filed in the SC by reelectionist Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, GMA Network Inc., TV5, and Bombo Radyo.

Cayetano said that Comelec’s rule is “unconstitutional since it limits the people’s right to information.”

Comelec Resolution 9615 limits the airtime of candidates’ political advertisements to and aggregate of 120 minutes for television and 180 minutes for radio.

Local candidates are allowed an aggregate total of 60 minutes for television advertisements and 90 minutes for radio.

The airtime limit for previous elections was on a per station basis instead of aggregate total.

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  • kilabot

    brillantes shines.
    unlike others in noykapon’s govt, ruffybiazon an example,
    the comelec chairman doesn’t mind quitting his post.
    that’s admirable.

  • kurdapya

    Its only in the Highest Court of the Philippines that the interests of TRAPO politicians are always favored and given greater weight than the interest of the public for a reformed system.. .

  • http://twitter.com/PatrickTesoro Patrick Bryan Tesoro

    The Supreme Court’s decision on the party-list system was rational.

    Making party-list groups exclusive for the poor is saying that the poor are “marginalized and underrepresented”.

    Like Associate Justice Brion, I respectfully disagree.

    Majority of the society is the poor and everyone is guaranteed the right to vote during elections. That means that the district representatives are mostly elected by the poor. If they are elected by the poor, they represent the poor.

    If in case the poor are actually underrepresented, that’s because they fail to elect sincere congressmen to work for them.

    In fact, as Aristotle said, democracy is the rule of the poor. That is particularly during elections.

    Limiting the party-list groups for the poor leads to political inequality or social injustice between the rich and the poor.

    The ones who are actually marginalized and underrepresented are those who simply can’t win in elections.

    • Benigno the Turd

      very witty comment. like very much.

    • rj

      Just abolish the party-list system.

  • Mamang Pulis

    mabuti pa nga sixto–mag pahinga ka na–tignan mo–yun mamatay tao tatakbo sa senado–jackie the slayer :D

    • divictes

      Ha ha ha … Jackie the Slayer hit yan sa box-office, pero wish ko sa voting precinct mag-flop yan.

  • EC

    Yung mga trapong appointee ni Gloria Arroyo sa Supreme Court ang dapat matanggal sa pwesto!

    • Benigno the Turd

      Two Pnoy appointees granted the TRO asked by the petition of Team Pnoy candidate Alan Cayetano. That’s the fact. You noytards don’t even read before commenting.

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

    Pwede na rin Sir Sixto. You’ve earned enough, at least enough to last you for the remainder of your life as a retiree. Don’t mull over quitting, just do it.

    • Benigno the Turd

      yeah. he’s moaning like a brat. he should just quit and save us the drama.

  • honest man

    I think the supreme court enjoys so much of their power to interfere. Let Comelec be under the supreme court so everything will be easy.

  • azkal futbol

    pwede ba yung mga walang kwenta supreme court justices ay umalis na rin sa pwesto — you never get any credibilty from us common-tao. for a change, it is time for all of you to go and make a new face for the supremee court… ALIS NA KAYO, kakapal lang ng mukha nyo, pati bulsa…

    • http://twitter.com/JosephTesoro1 Joseph Tesoro

      The Supreme Court’s decision on the party-list system was rational.

      Making party-list groups exclusive for the poor is saying that the poor are “marginalized and underrepresented”.

      Like Associate Justice Brion, I respectfully disagree.

      Majority of the society is the poor and everyone is guaranteed the right to vote during elections. That means that the district representatives are mostly elected by the poor. If they are elected by the poor, they represent the poor.

      If in case the poor are actually underrepresented, that’s because they fail to elect sincere congressmen to work for them.

      In fact, as Aristotle said, democracy is the rule of the poor. That is particularly during elections.

      Limiting the party-list groups for the poor leads to political inequality or social injustice between the rich and the poor.

      The ones who are actually marginalized and underrepresented are those who simply can’t win in elections.

      • Jane Tan

        I agree with you here. I do, however, think that the SC is stepping on all the branches of government. Its looking like whomever controls the SC, controls the Philippines.

      • http://twitter.com/JosephTesoro1 Joseph Tesoro

        The SC is stepping over other branches only when it intrudes their powers, like the power to make laws and implement laws.

      • doncleo

        so MIkey Arroyo is representing the marginalized security guards? do you believe that? Zaldy Co,s son the owner of Misibis Resort in Albay is representing the poor people of bicol through AKO BICOL? WTF!

      • http://twitter.com/JosephTesoro1 Joseph Tesoro

        Many argue that the party-list system is flawed since Mikey Arroyo is legally qualified to represent the sector of security guards, though Arroyo is not a security guard.

        It is not, because following that logic, district representatives on the other hand would then be required to belong to multiple sectors like the veterans, women and youth, rich and poor at the same time, because all those sectors constitute his district.

        To represent people is plainly to serve for their interests, not to literally be who they are.

      • azkal futbol

        rational but without common-sense. why create another avenue to have a representative not by regions but to party-lists that represents a cause when you still qualify the like of mickey to run as saviour of the security guards WHEN WE ALL KNOW THAT their real intention is to get the representation physically and not really to address what their partylist represents. look at buhay and other seemingly legal partylist. buhay is having internal squabble because all of them are greedy to represent and not to represent the party. ako bikol is a party of rich and greedy people who masquerade to make scholars and create aids to the needy by alloting a small portion of the porks. comelec has the sense to disqualify greedy-masquerading people and supreme court allies itself to this greediness.

  • Romeo Godoy Maglunsod

    Magresign ka na abogado ka hindi ka naman tanga alam mo ng ginagago ka gusto mo pa din kumapit na pwesto. Magresign ka kung mayroon ka pang dangal sa sarili mo.

    • Rodolfo Pacheco

      Wala na siyang dangal. Nabili na ni Pnoy ang kanyang dangal. He’s no longer head of an independent body but a lawyer of Team Pnoy. He’s not independent but dependent. Resign now!

  • Vic Usi

    Chairman Brillantes has always been on the right track ever since he chaired Comelec. He is best that we’ve got. Now he is derailed and we are likely to lose him. Sayang.

  • syano

    If you have to consult the President on your plan to resign, kesyo tingin mo ikaw mismo problema or nagpapapogi ka lang, dapat ka talagang mag resign ora mismo. Walang karapatan ang sino man sa taga COMELEC na tumagal pa ng kahit isang segundo diyan kung tingin nila under sila ng Presidente ng Pilipinas. Ibig sabihin lang noon, hindi nila naiintindihan ang trabaho nila.

    • Bamm Gabriana

      You forgot the Comelec is under the Office of the President.

      • JV Salud

        No it’s not. It’s an independent constitutional body.

      • Benigno the Turd

        You forgot to read the constitution.

  • magsasakasanayon

    sixto is right. maybe we should just dissolve the comelec and let the idiots in the supreme court run the elections.

  • Benigno the Turd

    HAHAHA! Sixto said “Maybe I have to take a rest for one day or two days and maybe talk to the president and tell him ‘maybe I am the problem, maybe you want me to leave’,” Does he realize that he is a head of supposedly INDEPENDENT CONSTITUTIONAL BODY? so you mean COMELEC answers to the President? wow. And people thought HELLO GARCI was bad. THIS IS WORSE!

  • Magsasaka

    marami pa rin kasing aso ni pandakekak ang nandyan sa korte suprema

    • josefe38

      TAMA KA , KAGAYA NI ALLAN CAYETANO NA ISA SA PETITIONER SA KASONG ITO.

      • Benigno the Turd

        Plus two Pnoy justices voted to grant it. Ganun talaga noytard. Kahit wala sa facts, GMA pa rin obsessed.

  • Jane Tan

    Its looking as if the SC is already a means to run the entire country. Anyone with connections to the judges can simply file a petition and see it carried. We should just dissolve the other branches of government.

  • Ako_Hiking

    If Brillantes is going to quit he should quit because of the failure to secure properly working PCOS machines. This has been a problem since 2010 and it is still a problem. The mock election test runs have failed and with less than a month to actual elections, things are still not near 100%.

  • divictes

    If you quit, the Supreme Cabal wins hands down.

    • Benigno the Turd

      I suppose Leonen and Reyes, two Pnoy appointees who voted for the TRO are part of this “cabal” . What about arroyo justices who voted against the TRO? Classic noytardism. Opinions without looking at facts.

  • Isko

    Abolish na ang COMELEC kasi laging binabaliktad ang decison nito ng Supreme Court.

  • paulo

    cry baby si brilliantes. ha ha ha. gagawa sya ng di ayon sa constitution and when he is struck down, he cries ha ha ha.

  • josefe38

    KUNYARI KA PA SIXTO!!! PALIBHASA BUKING KA NA SA KAPALPAKAN NG PCOS MACHINE AT NATANGGAP MO NA RIN ANG C@M!$$!@N SA NASABING TRANSACTION, KUNG ANO-ANO NA NGAYON ANG DINADAHILAN MO. DAPAT MA PA TIWAKAN KA NA!!!!!

  • Jake Lopez

    The Comelec wants to limit airtime so that it will not be directly proportional to a candidate’s deep pockets. The Comelec simply wants a fair game but the Supreme Court it seems wants to run Philippine elections their way. Kanino ba dapat kakampi ang SC? di ba dapat ang batas ay para sa kapakanan ng nakararami? So far, most of the SC’s decisions favor only the political and economic elite of this country.

  • boybakal

    Sixto is only five two, not six two.
    Thats why Sixto acts like sinto sinto.
    Whether he quits or not….election will go thru.
    No need of cry baby in election, it is serious matter.

  • Brix Villapando

    Mga kupal ang nasa SC…Gone are the golden days of SC…SC is now under the dogs….

  • disqusted0fu

    Why even think? Just do it! The Comelec had about 3 years of doing nothing to prepare for this elections and make it as hassle-free as possible. But they obviously didn’t do their jobs. Or if they did, then they are not efficient.

  • disqusted0fu

    It’s unfair for Brillantes to put it on Pnoy on whether he should resign or not. We all know that Pnoy sticks to his allies no matter what. Look at Biazon in the BOC, he still remains the Customs Chief despite losing P40 million a year on oil smuggling alone.

  • whyinthisworld

    Agree with comm. brillantes specifically on party list representative and other issues involving election. Supreme court on the other hand should concentrate and decide on pending cases before their sala which has been stagnant for many years. If we have trapo politicians, I think we have justices in the supreme court who are trajus. Philippines where are we going.

  • Rogers Nelson Uy

    alam ko na sasabihin ng noytards, si gma me kasalanan

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