Don’t leave us hanging, Comelec chief asks SC

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Resolve it now.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will ask the Supreme Court to immediately rule on the merits of the petitions filed against the airtime limits on political advertisements for the May elections, Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said Wednesday.

Brillantes said he would ask the Office of the Solicitor General to immediately file a motion for the high court to quickly resolve the case to avoid confusion and “wrong interpretations” about the status quo ante (SQA) order that the tribunal issued.

“A ruling on the merits means, ‘Are we (the Comelec) wrong or are we right?’ That’s it. It has been pending for two months,” Brillantes said in an interview.

“Why did they not decide it on the merits? (If the court rules with finality that) we are wrong, it’s okay with me. It is the Supreme Court that makes the final pronouncement. If it says we are wrong, we are wrong,” he said.

“(But) I wouldn’t wait for two months and then come out with just a status quo ante order… That’s what I’m asking the justices of the Supreme Court: Don’t leave us hanging,” he added.

Brillantes said he had talked with some “friends” in the Supreme Court and urged them to come out with a final decision on the merits of the petitions.

“I just hope that this is finished (with a final ruling) on the merits. Since you issued a status quo ante order, I think you should resolve this based on the merits within the next few days,” Brillantes said.

“In fact, I’m going to ask the Solicitor General, who’s handling the case for us, to file a motion immediately to say that we can’t just leave it at a status quo ante order. You should resolve already the merits,” he said.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued an SQA stopping the Comelec from implementing its rules limiting the airtime of political advertisements.

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  • Hey_Dudes

    Better yet, Mr. Brillantes, why not ask the court if they are interested conducting the elections themselves thus, saving you and others the grief?

    • AntiAko

      Right!

  • farmerpo

    Don’t worry Sir, the rope you were hanged with is a bungee cord. it is very flexible, just like the SC, flipflop,flipflop,flipflop… who knows, tomorrow is another day, another decision. May the SC be served a plate of spanish flu.

  • Paulstronghold

    Me pagka salbahe talaga ang ibang miyembro ng SC! Nanadya. We can only surmise the deep animosity of some members against this present government. Kitang-kita ang ebidensya. My feeling is they want to embarrass the Comelec and therefore the whole system. After a series of setbacks filed by Comelec, it appears SC wants to control this agency. It’s a understandable to see a teary-eyed Brillantes feeling disgusted and very very disappointed in this ante order. Palagay ko mayroon talagang kampi kampi sa loob among the justices themselves. Meron kay Juan at meron ding kay Pedro. Foolish!

  • Loggnat

    The Supreme Court should set a special meeting to discuss and decide on all the election issues and complaints as soon as possible because it (the election) is more or less than a month away. It is not fair for everybody (COMELEC, candidates, media facilities, and specially the voters) for the Supreme Court to revert to status quo which nullifies and voids COMELEC ruling without justifying it. If the Supreme Court maintains the SQA until the election, they could be liable of obstructing, hindering, and negligently preventing the COMELEC from performing its constitutionally mandated task to administer, organize and manage a clean and free election.

    • tadasolo

      You know the majority of this court have acted on numerous occasions what can be described as “illegal common sense” and from our vantage point of view a concerted effort to exact vendetta on this administration and congressional actions. Their tyranny cannot continue and it is high time people’s action through our congress we rid ourselves of this menace

  • Hellomr

    SC lang ang nakakaalam kung tama o Mali ang isang bagay…. They are like god…. They know everything…..

    • justjarred

      but we have the power to remove them :D

      • Jlgp Jong

        no we don’t, only the senate

  • mhonski

    Sa ngayon status quo. after ng election, moot and academic na. this is how our SC justices decides.

    • justjarred

      pa kyut moment muna sila bago maglabas ng bagong resolusyon

    • Noriel Bernabe

      tell that to Pnoy appointee Sereno. She should be doing something to hasten the processes in SC and in the Judiciary as a whole.

      • mhonski

        decisions by SC such as these are decided collectively by justices. hindi lang si Sereno ang nagdedecision nyan. usually sya pa nga ang dissenter sa mga ganyang decisions. and besides she cannot get the cooperation of other justices since they are not in favor of her appointment as CJ. gets mo???

      • Noriel Bernabe

        How could she get the cooperation of justices when she couldn’t do anything except for faking an en banc resolution.

      • mhonski

        definitely it’s not the only reason she couldn’t get the cooperation of other justices. mas senior ang mga associates nya kumpara sa kanya. so get over it. di mo pwedeng i-blame lahat ng decision ng SC sa isang justice lang unless she can influence the decision of other justices like Carpio, Corona and etc.

  • Noriel Bernabe

    Mr. Chariman…finally, you’re being reasonable!

  • Hey_Dudes

    Not only is the SC court leaving you hanging in the air, it also plan on leaving you to fry under the sun!

  • joshmale2004

    Brillantes is right. Since all the Comelec decisions on party lists, campaign rules are to be effected on this May election, SC should have been prudent to have acted immediately or sooner after petitions were filed to contest the Comelec’s decisions.
    Most of these petitions were filed as early as January. then why is the SC issuing only TROs in succession just a few weeks before the May election. what is the SC doing the last 4 months sitting on the petition which will affect the May election? Are they trying to create havoc and chaos for this year’s election?

  • matalino matalino

    why Brilliantes wants to limit airtime? Kasi, wala ng pera ang UNA. (To remind you, Binay and Brilliantes were allies- obviously, still are….)
    Self-serving, slick, corrupt Brilliantes must resign immediately or else baka matalo pa ang mga candidate ni P-Noy- dahil sa katorpehan ni Brilliantes.

    • catherine sien

      boo. wrong premise. very judgmental. very uncharitable even.

  • jack_bagbaga2011

    SC will decide on all pending cases involving the comelec on May 14 which shall be final and executory. intiende chairman brillantes?

  • Pogi=”No To Political Dynasty”

    Tama lang na may finality na para magka alaman na. Malaki na ang atraso ng Supreme Court sa taong bayan. Magbibigay ng finality tapos na ang boksing. Sa taon 2099 pa mayroong desisyon o baka mas matagal pa. Mga buset!

  • Karabkatab

    sa pagkaka alam ko tuwing tatayo ang solgen bilang abogado ng gobyerno, eh meron sila honorarium? at hindi kaliitan ha? ano ba yan govt to govt me abogago pa?

  • disqusted0fu

    Don’t leave us hanging… This is the same thing that the PCOS machines are telling the Comelec. The Comelec had 3 years to fix the issues of the machines and to obtain its source code but they still failed to do it.

  • PCD_2012

    We can now abolish Comelec and transfer its functions to the Supreme Court!

  • anongaba

    BAKIT PO BA KAYOMH MGA HUKOM DYAN SA SC, PURO KAYO KAARTEHAN, MAS SOBRA PA PO KAYO SA MGA PULITIKO, ANG HILIG PO NYO UMEPAL SA MAGAGANDANG DESISYON NG AHENSYA YUN PO BA E PARA LANG PATUNAYAN NA KAYO ANG KATAAS TAASAN AT NAGMAMAGALING O BAKA PO NAMAN PERA PERA DIN LANG, MAGKANO PO BA ANG USAPAN, SABAGAY NGA PO LAKING KITA NAWAWALA SA MGA HIGANTENG TV AT NEWS PRINT MEDIA ADS SAYANG NGA NAMAN ANG MAKUKUMISYON.

  • patrickinca

    if they haven’t decided all the way after the elections then they should be impeached!

  • Ako_Hiking

    We’ve often seen that high profile cases and issues in the courts are not decided by merit but more on influence and what is popular or not. The SC should be an independent body but sometimes or often times that is not the case.

  • Ako_Hiking

    We ask the same to Brillantes…don’t leave us hanging with faulty PCOS machines that don’t work properly and missing those very important source codes. Elections are right around the corner and all systems are not a go. Maybe give your boss Aquino a call and ask for some real help but hopefully not in the form of individuals with a poll sabotage past.

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