Two days after the resignation of former Chairman Benjamin S. Abalos Sr. (BSA), former Senator Francisco Tatad has opines that, since BSA has not submitted a letter of resignation to the President – and there is no record that the President has submitted such a letter of resignation – then BSA remains Chairman of the COMELEC.
In a related story, Secretary Eduardo Ermita said that no replacement for BSA would be appointed. However, there is already talk about who might be. At least one rumored replacement – Supreme Court Associate Justice Dante Tinga – has declared that he will not accept any appointment to the COMELEC. NAMFREL, on the other hand, is reportedly recommending the re-appointment of former COMELEC Chairman Christian Monsod.
The majority of other COMELEC related news refers to the upcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. More particularly, to the question of whether or not the elections will push through on the 29th of October 2007. This question has received considerably more urgency in light of the President’s certification of the ‘postponement Bills’ as urgent. However, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita quickly clarified that the President did not ‘postpone the elections,’ as many misinterpreted the certification, but had merely emphasized the urgency of the measures.