PNoy names 2 new Comelec commissioners

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DAVAO CITY, Mar 7 (Mabuhay) — President Aquino has appointed former ambassador Macabangkit Lanto and election lawyer Bernadette Sardillo as Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioners.

Aquino said he has signed their appointment papers that will be forwarded to Congress for confirmation.

Lanto was also a former congressman and former justice undersecretary.

“He has proven his worth, I believe, during times that he has performed or tried to perform his function when the higher-ups are preventing him from doing what should have been done,” Aquino told reporters.

Of Sardillo, Aquino said, “She has demonstrated her mettle in defending the rights of the citizenry in several particular election contests especially in the last electoral exercise.”

Meantime, two senators ending their terms in June 2013 are expected to join the executive.

Aquino said Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan has “several aspects of the agriculture sector he wants to concentrate on” and that ideas have been discussed with Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala.

“We will try to maximize his involvement in our administration to the benefit of the agriculture sector,” Aquino said.

Senator Panfilo Lacson will have “a more general role,” comparing him to a “fireman putting out fires.”

“He will not have a specific agency, for instance, that he will to report to. But when there is a particular group that needs my undivided attention, he will be the one providing that undivided attention,” Aquino said. (MNS)

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