THE Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday confirmed the ad interim appointment of Arthur Lim as commissioner of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
No member of the CA committee on constitutional commissions and offices, headed by Sen. Teofisto Guingona 3rd, objected to Lim’s appointment.
Lim, former president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and among the 57 private prosecutors in the 2012 impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, was appointed Comelec commissioner in July 2014, replacing Commissioner Grace Padaca.
Lim hogged the limelight during the Corona trial after he got a dressing down from senator-judge Miriam Defensor-Santiago when he attempted to argue with her. Private prosecutors are not allowed to argue with any member of the impeachment court.
In an interview after his confirmation, Lim said he is not promising anything but he will do his best to further help improve the performance of the poll body.
Meanwhile, the CA also made minor changes in chairmanship of several committees of the commission as a result of the entry of Senators Nancy Binay, Juan Edgardo Angara, Gregorio Honasan and Lito Lapid as new CA members.
Honasan was also elected as the new minority floor leader of the CA while Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito was named assistant minority leader.
Binay, on the other hand, was elected to head the committee on environment and natural resource, replacing Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, who is currently detained.
Angara replaced Sen. Loren Legarda as chairman of the CA committee on foreign Affairs while Lapid took over the leadership of the committee on health, which was previously occupied by Santiago.