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MELO SAYS Yusoph reappointment is the proper way

Posted on: February 24, 2009

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20090206-187872/Yusoph-reappointment-is-the-proper-way

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 20:21:00 02/06/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines—Reappointing Elias Yusoph as election commissioner is the proper way for the Marawi city prosecutor to join the Commission on Elections, poll chairman Jose Melo said Firday.

“That is the correct move,” Melo said, following a Palace announcement President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo would reappoint Yusoph when Congress goes on recess.

Yusoph’s appointment lapsed because he did not take his oath of office before Congress resumed session last January 16, four days after his appointment.

Melo, a former Supreme Court justice, said that after the ad interim reappointment is made, Yusoph can take his oath of office and start submitting himself to the Commission on Appointments (CA) for confirmation.

In a phone interview, Melo said Yusoph visited his office Thursday morning seeking advice on the process of his appointment. Melo said he explained to Yusoph the legalities involved for him to join the poll body.

“Even though I do not know yet that there will be plans to reappoint him, I advised him to prepare his legal documents to be submitted to CA because he might need it if there will be a reappointment,” said Melo, adding, “I told him also not to resign as city prosecutor in Marawi until he gets a reappointment.”

At the same time, Melo noted Senate’s plans to investigate Yusoph over his possible links to former commissioner Virgilio Garcillano, saying it was “only proper to investigate the background of every nominee.”

When asked to give a message to Yusoph, Melo said: “He should answer questions and clarify the criticisms against him.”

INQUIRER.net tried to contact Yusoph but he was unavailable for comment.

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