Review: Grace Padaca new COMELEC commissioner

    Malacañang on Tuesday formally announced the appointment of former Isabela Governor Grace Padaca for COMELEC commissioner post replacing the resigned Augusto Lagman.
    Grace Padaca, former Isabela Governor new COMELEC commissioner
    Photo: Grace Padaca, former Isabela Governor
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    Padaca completes the Comelec body which composed of six (6) commissioners.

    President Aquino on September 28, already confirmed appointment through CA. According to Lacierda, Presidential Spokesman, her term will end February 2, 2018.

    However, there are some protests for the appointment of Padaca.

    Sandiganbayan issued warrant of arrest against her in relation with pending charges of graft and malversation of public funds filed by the Office of the Ombudsman with the court. By law, the case is bailable, P40,000 for malversation and P30,000 for the graft case.

    Another criticism is her election-run history. Law stated that appointed commissioner must not have been candidates for any elective positions in the immediately preceding elections. Lacierda cleared that she did not run for Barangay election last October 2010. Her run for gobernatorial last 2010 did not make effect.

    Section 1 of Article IX of the 1987 Constitution states: "There shall be a Commission on Elections composed of a Chairman and six Commissioners who shall be natural-born citizens of the Philippines and, at the time of their appointment, at least thirty-five years of age, holders of a college degree, and must not have been candidates for any elective positions in the immediately preceding elections."

    Padaca graduated magna cum laude from the Lyceum of the Philippines University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, major in Accountancy.

    On her radio program before at  Bombo Radyo Pilipinas, she reported on the events happening in Isabela under the Dy family, which rules the second largest province in the Philippines for so long. Padaca decided to take a chance and run for office herself and defeated the dynasty.

    Among Filipino politicians, she is among the minority not from politically connected families.

    Despite her physical limitations, having been stricken with polio as a child, Padaca worked hard to abolish corruption, jueteng, and most especially illegal logging in Isabelaa.

    Padaca is known for being a good leader in Isabela though she has a disability. I think she can still handle all the tasks normally. The power of mind is better than any physical aspect. Let our trust be given to her and in return she will do her best job.


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