Work con­tin­ues at Cebu Com­elec of­fices

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - /CORRES PONDENT MOREXET T E MARIE B. ER­RAM

IT’S BUSI­NESS as usual at theCom­mis­siononElec­tions (Com­elec) of­fices in Cebu.

Lawyer Lionel Marco Castil­lano, the Cebu Pro­vin­cial Elec­tion Of­fi­cer, said con­tro­ver­sies now be­ing faced by Com­elec Chair­man An­dres Bautista will not in any way af­fect their op­er­a­tions.

Ma­jor­ity or a to­tal of 137 mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives voted to im­peach Bautista on Wed­nes­day, shortly af­ter he also ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion as Com­elec chair­man.

Bautista’s res­ig­na­tion takes ef­fect on De­cem­ber 31, 2017.

“These re­cent de­vel­op­ments can­not af­fect our en­gage­ments and trans­ac­tions here in the prov­ince. The or­ga­ni­za­tional struc­ture of Com­elec was made in a way that no per­son is in­dis­pens­able. The Pres­i­dent can­not (also) ap­point with­out va­cancy,” Castil­lano said in an in­ter­view with re­porters on Thursday.

In or­der to en­sure con­ti­nu­ity of their ser­vice, Castil­lano said Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte should be able to name Bautista’s re­place­ment im­me­di­ately af­ter he va­cates his post.

“We needed a chair­per­son be­cause ad­min­is­tra­tively, all elec­tion su­per­vi­sors and of­fi­cers are un­der the chair­per­son. While the Com­elec en banc is tasked to im­ple­ment and cre­ate poli­cies and reg­u­la­tions, the chair­per­son has the re­spon­si­bil­ity for ap­point­ments within the com­mis­sion and dis­burse­ment of funds,” Castil­lano said.

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