Misspelling stalls new Comelec appointments


MANILA, Philippines—What’s in a name?

Apparently a lot if you are a government appointee.

The two new members of the Commission on Elections have not yet taken their seats but glitches in their appointment have held up their oath-taking, according to Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes.

Brillantes said the first name of Luie Guia was misspelled by Malacañang in his appointment papers while Al Parreño cannot leave the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) where he is a board member until the Palace names his replacement.

“There was a small problem with Commissioner Guia because of a wrong spelling (his first name was misspelled as ‘Louie’ in his appointment papers) so we returned it to Malacañang,” said Brillantes in an interview.

“So he cannot take his oath until we are given the new corrected (papers). As soon as they arrive, he can assume (office). It could be (today). He has also chosen his room here,” he said.

Brillantes said Parreño could not just leave the LTFRB after its three-member board lost its chairman, Jaime Jacob, who resigned last month.

“There are only two of them (LTFRB commissioners) left. If (Parreño) leaves, the agency will not function. So they are still waiting for his replacement before he can assume office here,” Brillantes said.

He said Parreño’s replacement may be announced within the week while Guia’s appointment papers may be signed before President Aquino leaves Wednesday for Brunei to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit.

“If he does not sign it, we’ll just have to wait. Anyway, it’s OK, we’re five here and all of us are working,” Brillantes said, referring to the current Comelec commissioners.—With a report from Jerome Aning

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  • Line Of Flight

    Parreño can assume office as soon as his appointment is signed by the President, regardless of its effect on the LTFRB. Maybe Brillantes wants to now be the Sec of Justice and advise the President on the law of public officers?

  • 2rey3

    Hwag na yang sa LTFRB as COMELEC commissioner because he must be doing a good job there most probably. Why not appoint Ferdinand Rafanan instead as COMELEC commissioner??

    • wawa2172

      Yes, Rafanan is an insider and have been performing well for the COMELEC. He deserved the position and knows the election system in the country better than the other commissioner who were just politically appointed like Padaca. It was also the LP way for Padaca to have immunity on corruption charger she is facing. Dapat hindi muna inappoint si Padaca sa position at harapin muna niya ang kaso which she referred to as political harassment. A clean comelec commissioner should be appointed in the position because the integrity of the agency is at stake. Baka “masira ang bad record nang agency” kung magaling at malinis na commissioner ang ma appoint.

    • jack_bagbaga2011

      hindi siya kasapi ng KKK clan

  • Missy Thurngood

    Luie Guia? Diba asawa yan yung Karla Balili na isa sa mga nakinabang dun sa pagbili ng Balili properties ni Gov. Garcia of Cebu? Mandurugas yang mga yan.

  • jack_bagbaga2011

    an administration who does no their homework. anong klase staff yan, hindi alam ang kanilang ginagawa, pinapahiya nila ang amo nila na si pnoy. it seems that nobody is checking the papers that go to the president’s office for signature

  • jack_bagbaga2011

    that’s the problem when there are too many cooks inside the palace

  • Ako_Hiking

    Malacanang is so unorganized and now apparently their people can’t spell either. Malacanang has made wrong announcements, loses important letters, and now are misspelling names. Nice! Philippine government for you.

  • disqusted0fu

    It is pretty weird that the Comelec is so strict on chippies like this but they are very lenient on crucial issues regarding the elections. i.e. the source code, the flaws of the PCOS machines, vote buying, and all those other issues that could make or break the elections. Perhaps Brillantes is in a same situation as Pnoy, the position assigned to them is just too much for them to handle.

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