Brillantes won’t quit


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

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    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

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • Flipzi

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

    • 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

    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.

  • 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!



  • nicosan fopalan

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

  • 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!!!…

  • 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!

  • 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


  • 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.

  • 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?


    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?

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  • 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.”

  • $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…

  • 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.

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