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Commission on Elections chairman Sixto Brillantes poses for a photo opportunity along with AFP vice chief of staff, Lieutenant General Allan Luga, (left) and PNP chief, Director General Alan Purisima, during a joint command conference at Camp Crame on Monday (April 22, 2013).

MANILA, Philippines – Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. announced Monday that he will not resign from his post.

“Hindi ko iiwan ang taumbayan (I will not leave our countrymen)… at this stage,” Brillantes said during the command conference among the Comelec, Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Department of Education on the final preparations for the upcoming midterm elections in May.

“Meron akong naririnig na sinasabing kaya ako magre-resign kasi tatakasan ko mga problema. Hindi totoo yan. Hindi ko aatrasan lahat ng problema (There are those who say that I’m resigning because I want to run away from the problems. That’s not true. I will not retreat from all these problems) ,” he said, adding that he was “almost absolutely sure” that this upcoming midterm election would be successful.

Brillantes said he consulted his children, who advised him to continue and just think about it again after the elections.

“Of course the other reason is because the President [Benigno Aquino III] himself said that I should not. And I thank the President for saying although I am not bound by what he said. . .”

“I respect his (Aquino) opinion that I should finish this job,” said Brillantes, whose term ends in 2015.

In an interview with reporters last week, Brillantes expressed his desire to leave his post after the Supreme Court issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against Comelec’s airtime limit rule.

The Comelec, under resolution 9615, limits the number of airtime for each candidate to 120 minutes for television advertisements and 180 minutes for radio ad. The previous rule was on a per station basis.

Brillantes noted that it was the fourth time the SC had decided against the Comelec. The first was the “Team Patay / Team Buhay” tarpaulins of the Diocese of Bacolod, then the disqualification cases against the partylists, and the election protest case in Imus, Cavite.

But President Benigno Aquino III, in an interview in Cebu City over the weekend, asked Brillantes to reconsider his decision.

“I think he will see that the country needs him to chair the Comelec at this crucial period,” Aquino said. with Matikas Santos

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  • mad_as_Hamlet

    * * * * * *

    Good! Why let a handful of supreme “courtesans” vex your spiriit?

    • WeAry_Bat

      Ah, the hunger of delayed lunch…The thought of aged people in swatches of robes playboy posing %P

  • ravindrama

    yan ang tama… andiyan kana aalis kapa … baka mag tampo sa’yo ang kapalaran……salamat at hindi kana aalis …promise ha…..hahahaha….

  • berong es

    parang ulyanin na si brillantes.kinakausap nya yung sarili nya.sya lang naman ang nagsabi na magre-resign sya tapos sya din ngayon ang nagsasabi na di sya magreresign at di iiwanan ang taongbayan…

    parang napanood ko na ito dati sa isang ulyanin na matanda din….a, alam ko na,kay enrile nung nagsabi sya na na magre-resign as senate president.tapos nag botohan sila.tapos nagalit sya sa mga bomoto na ok lng mag resign sya.

    ang edad nga naman ng tao o…

    • Jane Tan

      normal sa mga matanda hahaha… parang si enrile :p

      • panhase

        Hey, hey, hey, be careful what you are saying about people who are not exactly very young anymore (I am 60 something). I know where you are posting. :)

      • Pio Gante

        sige sabihin mo kung saan?

  • ed_dAVAO

    what? of course.

  • Brax82

    Another Kris Aquino… Haaay ibatlga pag dilaw ang namumuno.

  • Pio Gante

    ang galing mo rin ano, anong akala mo sa sarili mo? sa tingin mo siguro ikaw na ang pinaka-importanteng tao at hawak mo sa leeg ang buong bansa sampu ng liderato nito, may katotohanan marahil ito dahil ikaw ang susi upang magtagumpay ang plano ng mga mandaraya sa darating na halalan,

    teka magkano nga pala ang dahilan para magbago ang isip mo? huwag mong sabihin na walang mahanap na ambassadorial para sa iyo sa isang european country na walang pinoy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/glenns.gumalo Glenn S Gumalo

    yan tatang ok ka. wag kang matakot mga korap…

  • Albert Einstien

    DISAPPOINTED sya ke pnoy…..WALANG pinagBIGYAN sa mga REFORM suggestion nya at endorsements….ayaw nya lang PAHIYAIN ng harap-harapan si pnoy…kagagaling lang sa kahihiyan na FAKE TIME pictorial……..kunyari SC ang rason nya…kaya sya AALIS…..“Hindi ko iiwan ang taumbayan… at this stage,” ….NEXT WEEK ho ba pwede na IWAN….lol

    .

  • JosephNess

    buti naman at natauhan…hirap talaga nang tumatanda, nagiging sumpungin…

  • http://z6.invisionfree.com/flipzi Flipzi

    Point is, ….. PALPAK ANG SUPREME COURT … pabor sa may pera! may araw din kayo SC.

    • http://z6.invisionfree.com/flipzi Flipzi

      sinu nga yung SC head? si JUSTICE CERENO? … babae kasi . bawal sa Bible yan.

      • Gu3st

        you’re such an idiot sexist…

      • erica

        it doesnt matter kahit babae pa sya basta tama lang ang pag iisip at hindi kulang kulang

    • Nite Alchemy

      Hoy KULTO! Bakit yung lider nyo DIBA BABAE DIN? … nag fee-feeling babae. wahahahaha!

  • boybakal

    Last time, he wants to quit as Comelec Commissioner to be ambassador in a country where there are few filipinos.
    Now, hindi niya iiwanan ang taumbayan.
    Which is which….akala seguro hahabulin siya sa kanyang pakipot.
    Sa tanda na sa mundo di pa natuto.
    In work, nobody is indispensable, everybody is better than you.

  • kilabot

    ok.
    now will you please stop complaining and go back to work;
    plenty of unfinished business
    too little time left.

  • nice_boy

    He never had the intention of resigning. He was just looking for sympathy. Better for him to just focus on the legal issues that caused the Supreme Court to issue the TROs. This way he will know that what he is doing is wrong. Bear in mind, that as far as law is concerned, the SC is always right. Says the constitution.

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

    Quitters never win. Kaya hindi dapat mag-quit si Sir Sixto. If he quits, he won’t be able to cheat for PNoy. If he quits now, he can’t help Mar to lay the groundwork for cheating in 2016. Sir Sixto already has his money in the bag. Fully paid, non-refundable. Now that he’s chosen not to quit, we know how greedy this old man is.

    • ranjoranido

      wild ang imagination mo ha.

    • tolindoy

      arroyo mentality.

  • Rathbumo

    Puro ka naman pala ngakngak Mang Sixtong. Hindi ka naman talaga magreresign e. Kung talagang magreresign ka, di mo na yan iaanunsyo, mag-reresign ka nalang irrevocably! diba? E di ang laki ng nawala sa iyo kapag nag-resign ka!

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    READ VERAFILES ABOUT PICHAY’S CAMPAIGN SPENDING IN 2OO7.

  • nicosan fopalan

    he never said he was going to quit. he said he’s thinking of quitting. magkaiba yun. bawal ba mag isip?

    • regd

      So, whatever he thinks he doesn’t say?

  • disqusted0fu

    Brillantes won’t quit Comelec, Biazon won’t quit BOC, Soliman won’t quit DSWD, Henares won’t quit BIR, de los Reyes won’t quit DAR. What do all these chiefs have in common aside from not quitting their posts? They are all doing a horrible job and they are all close allies of Pnoy.

  • disqusted0fu

    Brillantes can’t quit now. He has to finish what he started. How can team pnoy accomplish a landslide victory without his help??? He already neglected the issues of the PCOS machines, he may have to do more for team pnoy than that.

  • speedstream2

    Good decision. It’s good to finish a job to the best of one’s abilities, to see it through to its rightful conclusion whatever the circumstances one must contend with.

  • Guest

    Kilatising mabuti ang mga kandidato lalo na itong si Alan Cayetano at JV ejercito? Ano
    nagawa ng mga ito? Malinis ba ang pangalan ng mga ito? May integridad ba sila?

    • pgsalt

      I wont be voting for these two idiots either

    • erica

      Waleyyyy waley Waley! same with escudero na dapat ay sa call center mag work at tumula doon ng tumula.

  • jpmd88

    We have an ineffective judiciary bent on protecting the interests of a few rather than what is good for the country. Too bad the reforms that we need are simply being railroaded by these justices that seem too hell bent on interpreting the law for the benefit of people that are always abusing the loopholes in the system.

    • boldyak

      see the reasons why supreme court decided against comelec’s actions…reforms are necessary but there are rules to be followed…why not study the decisions of the supreme court and see where is the fault of the comelec and do what is necessary to make the reforms…there are petitions filed and these petitions have bases, we can’t just deny the petitioner’s right…it is up to the comelec to strengthen their case…government institutions should be strong and shall not be disregarded by just anyone who thinks they have the monopoly of what is right….

    • Melenggay Laranery

      You are 100% wrong…The ENTIRE government is flawed…from top to bottom..and I mean “ALL”. Kaya nabubulok ang Pinas!!!…

    • D_BystandeR

      I appreciate your comment about the SC and as being enumerated by Comelec Chairman Brillantes, the SC did not do it only once but in a series of decisions that in my viewpoint clearly encroaches into the realm of the COMELEC’S jurisdiction. Somebody out there earlier commented carelessly that it’s because SC is headed by a lady, CJ Lourdes Sereno, that is why her peers in the group just simply ignore whatever point she wants to stress to prove. And that comment did not go unchecked because it was right then and there branded by succeeding comments as idiotic and crazy. In a group of justices where 9 of them were GMA appointees, no matter how principled and seriously justified is the point of discussion it will lead to nowhere because as you know these bunch of GMA appointees have a different agenda and a mission to accomplish which is to sow chaos in whatever way they can to make the whole thing appear in “bad taste” to people who value justice with a sublime purpose to uphold truth over everything else. And it’s really commendable that Chairman Brillantes listened to P-Noy’s advice rather than to “drop the plate that is about to be served” for this coming election. Kudos to Chairman Brillantes for his presence of mind amid the mindless intervention of the SC.

  • tra6Gpeche

    Very good! Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr, you are a thousand times better than many members of the Supreme Court in serving and protecting the interest and welfare of the Filipino people!

    • parefrank

      Hahahahaha…..

      • tra6Gpeche

        ah ah ah ah ah. Running out of vocabulary in Tagalog or English? What’s wrong?

  • WeAry_Bat

    SC decisions nowadays are not a significant reason to resign, Mr. Brillantes.

  • Guest

    Sumobra na ang pagiging ambisyoso ni Alan Cayetano, ganid na sa lahat ng bagay, pera at kapangyarihan. Kasuka-suka na ang pagkagahaman nya.

  • DC

    PARANG SI KRIS AQUINO LANG…

  • Benigno the Turd

    Very Good. His mess to clean up. PCOS no source code? we want him around to face the music when it all comes crashing down.

  • 2rey3

    Ay sayang!

  • yaonglaan

    Bayani ka Chairman Brillantes ! Salamat !

  • Manuel_II

    Sige na iwan mo na kaming taong bayan, sigurado hindi ka naman mamimiss, LOL.

  • Noel

    Puro arte hindi naman pala magre-resign.

    • leomar101

      Hahahaha, parang si Kris din puro drama and afterwards sasabihing hindi ituloy. Sa totoo lang itong si mang Sexto brillantes kahit na matanda na eh mapili rin. hahaha, namimili pa siya ng puesto na gusto niya doon sa walang kapwa Filipino. Akala ko matanda na raw siya at hindi na kayang ,”magtrabaho” pero sa katakawan niya at gusto magkapera from taxpayers money eh ayaw naman niya na maglingkod sa nagpasweldo sa kanya? May tupak din itong ,matandang uhugin at senile na talaga. hahaha.

      • Noel

        Kaya Brilliant-es ang pangalan. He’s brilliant. Alam niyang hindi papayag si Pnoy na mag-resign siya ngayon. Dalawang linggo na lang election na. Si Kris naman, alam na may kontrata siya at kunwari magre-resign din.

      • leomar101

        Sinabi mo pa, puro arte lang ang mga yan. Ito naman si tandang sexto ay namimili pa ng puesto na gusto niya kung sakali tanggaping ni mongol ang kanyang resignation. Saan ka ba nakakita ng ganoon ka garapal na mag resign kuno tapos naghanap ng ibang puesto na mapaglipatan. hahaha. only in the Philippines.

      • Noel

        Dating election lawyer si Brilliantes at ang ibang mga kliente ay tumatakbo pa rin sa pulitika. Di ba may conflict of interest? Dapat hindi siya na-appoint sa Comelec ni Pnoy.

  • padrefaura

    daming drama ni sixto. sisisihin pa ang SC sa mga kapalpakan nya. hindi ba kaya tinanggal ang CJ para pamunuan ang SC ng bata ni Pnoy? anyare?

  • XY ZEE

    Limpak-limpak na kwarta tatanggihan?
    Ano kayo, HILO?

  • TEAM PNOY

    Parang si Madame Kris Aquino din pa si Sir Sexto Brillantes. Good decision.

  • mekeni62

    “Hindi ko iiwan ang taumbayan.” Naks naman parang totoo.Ululin mo lelang mo.

    • jack_bagbaga2011

      kandidato ba siya?

    • orlypbatallones

      Hahahaha… Cheap shot coming from a person like him heading a constitutional body. Maybe he just wanted to be a news item all the time and this is one way of achieving it.

  • jgl414567

    ALL THE JUSTICES OF THE SC WHO WERE APPOINTED BY GMA AND WHO SUPPORTED THE MIDNIGHT APPOINTMENT OF CORONA SHOULD BE IMPEACHED ONLY THEN CAN WE HAVE A TRULY UPRIGHT SUPREME COURT!

  • jack_bagbaga2011

    that’s the problem when you talk too much. no talk, no mistake. less talk, less mistakes, more talk, more mistakes.

  • buttones

    ““Hindi ko iiwan ang taumbayan (I will not leave our countrymen)…
    at this stage [but I might later on, depending, we’ll see how it goes- my words] Anyway, with this sort of sacrificial comment [ it should have been MY countrymen, not OUR, it’s
    more dramatic, and grammatical as well- but never mind] As I wipe the tears
    from my eyes and my keyboard at such a stirring speech from the Captain of our political police force- I think it better I go lay down awhile…

    • Gordo Viejo

      There is another Inquirer article published a few days ago which reported that Mr. Brillantes asked for an ambassadorial post instead of the COMELEC chairmanship. The article also noted that he preferred to be posted to a country in eastern Europe, “where there are no Filipinos.”

      • buttones

        Yes I read that one, I couldn’t quite understand why anybody would want to be posted to Eastern Europe, the US or UK or even Germany would be a bit of a step up, but Eastern Europe? Poland maybe? Well their corruption indices are about 3, ours are about 19 so I could hardly thinkthe guy would want to go there…What’s the point of a foreign diplomatic postingwhere there are no Filipinos anyway? Why not ask for South Georgia? They only
        have three Filipinos there, one family actually who look after a penguin
        breeding program, maybe Captain Brilliant likes penguins? I mean who knows, we all have our weaknesses.

      • Gordo Viejo

        No Filipinos means very little work for the Philippine ambassador to that country (but still a regular paycheck and an official residence.) No meetings with the labor or military attaches, no calling the DFA when blood money needs to be raised, diplomatic pouches containing newspapers and dried mangos … In a non-Eurozone country, his monthly allowances would even go a little further. In short, paid retirement. That is IMO a truer indication of his real feelings towards the long-suffering taumbayan.

  • $14334231

    i already knew he wasn’t going to resign…what he said last thursday that he will consult president balut-pnoy and his family was more of a propaganda statement than reality……any individual who is in power will succumb to that power….how many have resigned no matter how bad their performance are?……cling…..cling….cling to it…

    • buttones

      True,and now Captain Brilliant is now Captain Clingfilm..

  • walangdiyos

    ang drama mo nagaya mo lang ki Kris, me mapawari naiiyak..hay naku dami talagang pinoy nagogoyo ng mga hunghang na ito. yung source code na ipinangako mo na 95% almost sure na, nasaan na? sinabi na sa iyo ni dating ccomm. de guzman na palpak ang smartmatic, ipinilit pa rin nyong bilhin nung 2011 pa, anong pinakain sa inyo ng mga brazilian yan, magkano kikitain nyo after the election, saan banko sa labas nyo itatago?

  • Nite Alchemy

    kuwari lang yan para hindi mahalata na pinaglalaruan lang tayo ng mga pulitiko.

  • virgoyap

    Brillantes has every reason to stay as Comelec Chairman. People really need him very much especially this coming election.

  • Mang Teban

    “I am not bound by what he said.” – says Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes.

    This is the right answer to stop anyone, including the president, to interfere in the action plans of the Comelec and to maintain the INDEPENDENCE of this constitutionally-mandated commission to ensure honest, peaceful and orderly elections.

    I think that the Comelec will be successful in the conduct of this year’s elections. Everyone ought to remember that the president executes laws, except the law on running the elections. P-Noy must respect the programs and plans of the Comelec, including over-campaigning to ensure fair playing field for all candidates. I am not certain if Comelec has a tabulation of how many minutes in political ads does the superstar P-Noy appear?

  • matalino matalino

    Sinabihan siya ni Jejomar Binay na huwag siyang mag-quit- to protect the interests of UNA candidates. (To remind you, Brilliantes was a former elections lawyer of Binay and still a political ally and a legal adviser of Binay. Kawawa na naman si Mar Roxas at mga candidate niya. What about P-Noy? To remind you, he campaigned for Binay in vote-rich provinces like Pangasinan during the last Vice-Presidential election.)

    • speaksoftlylove

      Dogyot, Brillantes was the previous election lawyer of almost all top politicians including PNoy and Erap. Poor twisting of facts, try harder.

    • speaksoftlylove

      Anong kawawa si Mar Roxas? Di pa nga sigurado kung yan ang manok ni PNoy sa 2016? Ang daming ambisyoso dyang nakapalibot kay Kulot. Hayan o kumakahig na si Krissy.

      At higit sa lahat baka baguhin pa ni Kulot ang Constitution at tatakbo ng reelection kuha mo? Dream on for your Mar Roxas, libre naman.

  • Fulpol

    after May, you must look for a new job… BS Aquino-Makapili III will choose a new Chairman who would help pave the way for Mar Roxas to presidency..

  • $20926843

    Of course he will not as he has already communicated his future plan to his patron-the sitting inutile and autistic president in malacanang. His threat of resigning is just a gambit so that he can demand to his patron a position as an ambassador to a European country after this midterm election so that he can escape the numerous lawsuits he will face and the wrath of an angry electorate as a result of failure of election.

  • klepto

    i DON’T MIND IF ELECTION ADVERTISEMENT AIRTIME CAN GO EVEN FOR 24/7. I DON’T WATCH IT ON TVS OR LISTEN TO IT ON RADIOS.

    WHY WOULD I WATCH TV AND LISTEN TO RADIOS WITH ALL THE COMMERCIALS WHEN I HAVE 3TB OF NON-STOP HD MOVIES AND MP3?

    HOW I WISH POLITICIANS WILL KNOW THAT I SWITCH OFF THE TV AND RADIO EVERYTIME THEY ARE ON AIR.

  • tarikan

    WE need to hear instead from some SC justices that they are resigning after the 2013 election. Come on people, try us. We won’t dillydally in accepting your resignation.

  • http://twitter.com/JaimeOdeVera Jaime O. de Vera

    Just complete what you have started & resigned after May 2013 elections.

  • mekeni62

    abangan na lang natin ang HIMALA!!

  • farmerpo

    Great decision. Kudos to Chairman Brillantes for not quitting because of the SC decisions lately..Way to go Sir!

  • mamer2

    For such a “flimsy” reason…, that the SC does not agree with him…,
    would not “speak-well” of Com. Brillantes if he had pushed through with his resignation.

  • Aisa Pangdan

    Mas malaki ang kikitain nya dyan kaysa pagiging Ambassador…lalo na’t palapit na ang 2016. Pero kailangan din nyang matutunang respetuhin ang Supreme Court – the highest and court of last resort at hindi sa mga kakaibang mga batas na basta na lamang pumapasok sa kokote nya!

  • Yahoogle

    Uuyy ang showbiz ni Brillantes.. It’s good that he didn’t quit. Tuloy ang trabaho!

  • BatangSingapore

    tanga nitong si brillantes… “anong hindi mo iiwan ang mamayan” bugok ikaw ang iniwan ng supreme court dahil sa mga tanga mong pinaguutos sa comelec. idadamay mo pa kaming mga mamayan.

    kamo mukha ka pera hahahhahahahha. ang tanda mo na ang drama mo pa para kang si kristetang baliw.

  • parefrank

    The SC showed alreadt how “independent is the independent Comelec when team Pnoy could be affected. The olc rules allow so much airtime that only Noy’s candidates can afford it with his help. And a new Comelec boss could also look deeper into the very suspicious Smartmatic (PCOS) deals since 2010. So, Brillantes has to stay, maybe they will again destroy 80000 chips if there are poll complaints.

  • JOSEPH gARCIA

    Buti na lang na convince ni VP binay si Comelec Chairman.. Thanks VP good job

  • Orod II

    A total childish act, a cry baby… Brilliantes should have resigned as he said he will. I think he is getting too old and senile. Threatening the Supreme Court and other agencies for him to resign if he does not get his way, is totally unprofessional and again, childish.

  • wawa2172

    After the drama Sixto decided that he will continue serving the comelec. Say who believe him that he plan to resign? No one since he made it conditional, he will consult the president who appointed him. He is not dead serous about resigning, pa drama drama lang yun.

  • $18209031

    Dios ko po, mga tagaleglegs —– ang alam lang ay mag papapogi at palabras . Brilantes my azz ! Time to resign !

  • Beguine

    Nobody but nobody is indispensable, Sixto B Junior.

    If you resigned as you said you would, there’s always somebody
    to replace you.

    And judging from your work record, with a big chance of being
    better than you.

    It’s not too late to re-consider. Do something good. Resign.

  • cespag2005

    when Brillantes said about “filing a leave of absence”, it must be because of so many issues against the Comelec. Like anyone, there is a time when we feel weve reached our threshold.. But am glad he didnt do it. with the many reforms he introduced, he is really one asset the Aquino administration has.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Don’t quit. So far you’re the best.

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