Brillantes ready to retire

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UNLIKE President Benigno Aquino 3rd who has kept the people guessing on whether he will seek a term extension, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. was straightforward in declaring that he is not interested in prolonging his term that ends in February next year when he reaches the mandatory retirement age.

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Brillantes, who was appointed as Comelec chief in January 2011, will retire on February 2, 2015.

In a radio interview, he said he was satisfied with his performance at the poll body and that he is willing to give others the chance to show their worth in serving the public.

“Wala ho, bawal sa Constitution, pero maski, ayoko na rin ho … hindi ho masaya dito, hindi masyadong masaya [No, it’s unlawful under the Constitution, besides I really do not like the job anymore, I do not relish it],” Brillantes added.

“Nagawa ko naman ang aking trabaho, tingin ko hindi naman kasamaan, tama na ho yun. Pagbigyan naman natin ang iba [I did my job, which I think is good enough. Let us give others a chance],” he said.

Brillantes added that he has no idea who will replace him as Comelec chief.

When asked about his plans after his retirement, he said he has no intention of going back to law practice, but that he would be willing to become a consultant at the poll body if necessary.

Aside from Brillantes, Commissioners Lucenito Tagle and Elias R. Yusoph are also set to retire in February next year.

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