Sixto Brillantes is the New Comelec Chairman

By on Jan 16, 2011 in Current Events, Headlines, National, Politics Comments

Sixto Brillantes took his oath as the new Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman before Supreme Court Justice Antonio Eduardo Nachura at around 4:00 on Sunday, January 15, 2011 afternoon, according to local news sites.

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Election lawyer Sixto Brillantes will take over the chairmanship of the Comelec from outgoing Chairman Jose Melo. In a statement, Melo clarified that he decided to advanced his resignation date by two weeks, from January 31, 2011 to January 15, 2011, to give ample time for President Benigno Aquino III to name the new Comelec Chairman. Melo had earlier indicated that he will resign on January 31 this year.

In an interview with a dzMM radio program, Brillantes revealed that he has accepted his appointment as the new Comelec chairman. His appointment was signed by PNoy on Saturday, January 15, 2011.

Brillantes vowed to be “neutral and impartial,” when interviewed by Julius Babao in the dzMM radio program.

The veteran election lawyer already advised his clients to look for other lawyers who will defend them, and made it clear that he would not favor them in the Comelec. Brillantes will inhibit himself on cases that involves his former clients.

This will be Brillantes‘ first time to join the government in his long career as a lawyer and he vowed to pursue electoral reforms as Chairman of the Comelec.

Melo has been chairman of the Comelec for almost 3 years. His main legacy as Comelec chairman is the successful implementation of the first ever automated elections in the Philippines held last May 2010.

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