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Appointive execs nominated for partylist groups told to quit

Posted on: March 1, 2010

Appointive execs nominated for partylist groups told to quit

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 16:34:00 02/26/2010

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Politics, Elections, Government, Laws

MANILA, Philippines – Appointive government officials are deemed resigned from their positions once they accept nominations to become representatives of partylist groups for the polls in May, an official of the Commission on Elections said Friday.

Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal cited Resolution 8697 in which the Comelec ordered that “partylist nominees who are holding public appointive office shall be deemed resigned upon acceptance of their nomination…”

The Comelec has ordered partylist groups to disclose the names of their five nominees before March 26 as a “transparency measure” so that the public may be better informed and educated in voting for partylist groups, said Larrazabal.

Asked if such a provision would apply to Pampanga Representative Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo who has been reported a nominee of the micro-entrepreneur partylist Kasangga, Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said, “No.”

Incumbent officials such as the eldest son of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who were elected either as partylist representatives or in another post “could finish their term even after accepting a nomination,” said Sarmiento.

“An elected official has a duty to serve his constituency for a fixed term unless he is removed or expelled from office. That is very different to an official appointed into office because he is not elected by voters and has no fixed term,” said Sarmiento.

Of the 300 sectoral and partylist groups that filed their manifestations, 187 were accredited by the Comelec for the May polls, data from the Comelec Secretariat showed.

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