MANILA, Philippines – President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. Ernesto Ferdinand Maceda Jr. as commissioner of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), will join the poll body on Thursday.
Comelec spokesman John Rex Laudiangco said the President has appointed Commissioner Nelson Celis to the poll body.
Malacañang, through the Office of the Executive Secretary, confirmed the appointments to the Comelec.
“The Commission on Elections confirms its receipt of the appointment papers of Commissioner Ernesto Ferdinand P. Maceda, Jr. as ad interim COMELEC Commissioner, vice Chairman George Erwin M. Garcia in the latter’s previous appointment as Commissioner,” sabi ni Laudiangco .
“Likewise, we are in receipt of the reappointment papers of Commissioner Nelson Java Celis as ad interim COMELEC Commissioner, vice Aimee S. Torrefranca-Neri,” dagdag pa.
Both Maceda and Celis will serve for a term ending on February 2, 2029.
Since they received ad interim appointments, both commissioners can sit in office pending confirmation by the Commission on Appointments.
Maceda and Celis will be sworn in before Comelec Chairman George Garcia on Monday.
With the appointment of two commissioners, the seven-man Comelec en banc is complete.
In August, Marcos appointed Celis, a veteran information technology expert and academician, to the Comelec but the latter received a regular appointment meaning he cannot assume office until confirmed by the CA.
Celis was among the Marcos appointees who were bypassed by the CA last September.
Prior to his appointment, Maceda was a lecturer at the Ateneo Law School and a Master of Laws thesis professor at the University of Manila.
Maceda and Celis paid a courtesy call on Garcia this Thursday afternoon. Jocelyn Tabangcura-Domenden
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