38-year-old new Comelec commissioner
Posted September 2, 2009on:
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 11:59:00 09/02/2009
Filed Under: Government, Elections
MANILA, Philippines— (UPDATE 2) Gregorio Larrazabal, 38-year-old regional election director (RED) of Eastern Visayas, has been appointed as elections commissioner.
Larrazabal was told about his appointment when he was summoned by the office of Chairman Jose Melo on Wednesday.
At the Palace, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita made the same announcement to reporters in the briefing.
Eastern Visayas (Region 8) is composed of the provinces of Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, western Samar, Leyte, and Southern Leyte.
The newly appointed commissioner said he was surprised by his appointment, but said he will do his best to perform duties assigned to him and to ensure clean, accountable automated elections next year.
Larrazabal, who turns 38 years old this month, said his youth and his experience as Comelec regional director would be his joining the Comelec en banc.
Larrazabal, who also chairs the Comelec Regional Election Directors Organization that includes all REDs nationwide, previously served as provincial election supervisor in Bulacan, Camarines Sur, and Basilan, and as regional election director in Bicol.
Larrazabal said he can also offer his experience in automated elections, particularly in the 2008 automated elections in the Automnomous region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and his recent visit to the US automated elections under the International Volunteers Leadership Program.
Larrazabal said he will await his confirmation before serving as commissioner until February 2, 2011, the remaining term of Leonardo Leonida, who was bypassed twice for the position and is now with Philex Mining Corp.