Two high officers of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) assured that the ballot physique’s en banc will nonetheless function as soon as Chairman Juan Andres Bautista decides to take a go away of absence.
Senior Commissioner Christian Robert Lim famous that they only want to get not less than 4 votes to affirm an motion.
“Yes, kaya naman. Kailangan lang naman namin kasi sa en banc ay direction (on) how to move forward. (Yes, we can function. What we just need in the en bacn is direction (on) how to move forward). We have a process. We still vote on a base of majority of four to carry out any action,” Lim defined.
Asked if he’ll settle for the place if once more designated as appearing chairman, Lim stated, “Mahirap ang trabaho ng acting chairman. (The job of the acting chairman is difficult.) I am retiring February 2 of next year. I was looking forward to finish my career quietly with a new baby, finish my cases.”
“Pero kung ‘yun ang kinakailangan ng institution, to work full time, para matuloy ang election, (But if the institution calls for it, to work full time to make sure that the election will push through), then that is a matter I have to accept,” the ballot physique official added.
He stated the en banc has to designate him to lead the Comelec in an appearing capability.
“The en banc will have to designate me, but it could also be somebody else,” Lim added.
On the opposite hand, Commissioner Arthur Lim revealed that that their consensus is that the senior commissioner should be the one to briefly take over as appearing chairman.
“Ang advantage ni Comm. Bot (referring to Commissioner Christian Robert Lim) ay meron na siyang experience as acting chair nung nag-retire si Chairman (Sixto) Brillantes in 2015 (Comm. Bot has an advantage as he served as acting chair when Chairman Sixto Brillantes retired in 2015),” he added.
Last week, the ballot physique’s six commissioners requested Bautista to take a go away of absence or resign within the midst of allegations of unexplained wealth hurled by his estranged spouse Patricia Paz Bautista.
For his half, the beleaguered Comelec chief had stated that he’s nonetheless considering on what motion to take. (PNA)