Ex-Comelec Commissioner Sarmiento to chair PPCRV

Paterno R. Esmaquel II
Ex-Comelec Commissioner Sarmiento to chair PPCRV
Former Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento succeeds Ambassador Henrietta 'Tita' de Villa, who co-founded election watchdog PPCRV in 1991

MANILA, Philippines – The poll watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) on Monday, August 15, announced the election of former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rene Sarmiento as its new chairman.

Sarmiento will begin his term on November 1.

The former Comelec commissioner will serve as PPCRV chairman for 6 years, until October 31, 2022. 

Sarmiento succeeds Ambassador Henrietta “Tita” de Villa, who co-founded PPCRV with the late Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin in 1991.

De Villa announced her retirement from PPCRV on May 3.

PPCRV said Sarmiento served as Comelec commissioner for 7 years, and handled both the manual and automated election systems.

The PPCRV said that Sarmiento “is credited for spearheading the cause of Persons with Disability (PWD) voters by providing special voting spaces for them in voting centers nationwide.”

He “is also known as a peace advocate who formed part of the government peace panels of past administrations.”

In an interview with Rappler before he retired as Comelec commissioner in February 2013, Sarmiento said he is proud of having kept his record clean during his 7-year stint. – Rappler.com

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Paterno R. Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He finished MA Journalism in Ateneo and MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email pat.esmaquel@rappler.com