• Comelec urged appoint ‘insiders’

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    Employees of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) have urged President Benigno Aquino 3rd to consider appointing “insiders” who will replace retiring officials of the commission.

    In a statement, the Comelec-Employees’ Union (Comelec-EU) on Friday said Aquino need not look far, noting that there is no “shortage of qualified officials” in the Comelec.

    “This early, the Comelec-Employees’ Union expresses its firm position that insiders should fill impending vacancies in Comelec,” the group added.

    It, however, refused to name the so-called qualified officials.

    Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. and Commissioners Lucenito Tagle and Elias Yusoph are set to retire in February 2015 after completing their respective seven-year terms.

    Meanwhile, the union explained that appointing insiders is crucial, considering the proximity of the 2016 national and local elections.

    “In this regard, appointing insiders, who are no longer strangers [to]the inner workings of the Comelec and the fundamentals of the country’s electoral processes, will certainly benefit the nation as a whole,” it said.

    The group added that insiders being appointed as members of the commission en banc would help boost the welfare of Comelec rank-and-file.

    “They have devoted the best years of their lives to Comelec, so they are most sensitive to the plight and needs of the workers,” it said.

    Brillantes said he respects the clamor of the union “[but]it will still be the choice of the President who he wants to replace us,” Brillantes added.

    He also noted that it will be a good idea to appoint anyone from the senior level of the Comelec as a commissioner or the chairman of the poll body.

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