Arthur Lim is poll body’s new commissioner
Former Isabela governor Grace Padaca is out of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said on Saturday that Arthur Lim, a former president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, was appointed as Padaca’s replacement. HE took his oath of office as the new commissioner on Friday.
“We got his appointment papers yesterday [Friday]. He has also taken his oath already. I think he will be coming to the Comelec on Monday,” Brillantes said in a phone interview.
Lim was one of the private lawyers in the prosecution team in the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2013.
Lim’s appointment completes the seven-member commission en banc.
Padaca’s ad interim appointment expired on June 11 and has not been renewed by Malacanang despite her being a close ally of President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
Padaca was bypassed by the Commission on Appointments (CA) after she failed to attend CA hearings.
Early this month, The Manila Times reported that President Benigno Aquino 3rd was no longer inclined to reappoint Padaca, who is facing graft charges at the Office of the Ombudsman and the Sandiganbayan.
Citing Lim’s record as former IBP president, Brillantes said he believes the new commissioner will be a big help to the Comelec, especially in resolving election cases.
“Once you become president of the IBP, it means you are a very good lawyer,” he said.
During the trial, Lim was given a dressing down by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago and even threatened with contempt.
Santiago accused the lawyer of raising his voice, being verbose and engaging her in a debate.
Lim is expected to serve in the poll body until February 2, 2018, which is the unfinished term of former Commissioner Augusto Lagman and Padaca.