Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Nobody will own the left position - GMA

PRESIDENT Gloria Arroyo will not appoint a new chairman at the Commission on Elections (Comelec), because Benjamin Abalos is considered on terminal leave for four months despite resigning from his post Monday, the Palaces lawyer said.

As this developed, Abalos said he continues to support the Arroyo administration, while Mayor Benjamin Benhur Abalos Jr. of Mandaluyong City appealed to the media and public to go easy in judging his father.

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Sergio Apostol said Malacaang will just let Abaloss leave credits be consumed so as to complete his seven-year tenure as head of the Comelec. In the meantime, senior Comelec Commissioner Resurreccin Borra will be officer in charge.

Legally speaking, the Comelec chairmanship is not vacant because even [if] Chairman Abalos left office, he still has to consume his leave credits the President believes that the OIC can handle the job well, Apostol said.


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