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Kho takes oath as new Comelec Commissioner

/ 05:54 PM July 16, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte’s fraternity brother, Antonio T. Kho Jr., took his oath of office as the new Commission on Election (Comelec) commissioner on Monday.

Kho took his oath before Comelec Chair Sheriff Abas, five days after his appointment. The ceremony was witnessed by Commissioners Luie Tito Guia, Rowena Guanzon, Socorro Inting, and Marlon Casquejo and the commission’s directors and staff.

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Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said Kho asked for support after he was tapped to focus on streamlining Comelec’s disposition of electoral protest cases together with Commissioner Socorro Inting.

Kho, who previously served as Department of Justice undersecretary, is the fourth official to be appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to the seven-member poll body. He filled the spot vacated by Sheriff Abas, who now heads the commission.

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The President previously appointed Commissioners Marlon S. Caquejo and Soccoro Inting.

The now complete Comelec en banc is expected to work on a possible plebiscite for the Bangsamoro Basic Law, the 2019 National and Local Elections, the 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, and potentially, federalism charter change plebiscite. /ee

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