Duterte names Marlon Casquejo Comelec commissioner

Pia Ranada
Duterte names Marlon Casquejo Comelec commissioner
With Casquejo's appointment, President Rodrigo Duterte has one more new Comelec member to appoint

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte named Marlon Casquejo, a fellow Davaoeño, as a commissioner in the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Casquejo’s designation as an ad interim commissioner was signed by Duterte on Monday, June 18.

A former Comelec election officer of Davao City’s 1st district, Casquejo will take the seat of Christian Lim whose term as commissioner expired last February. He had also served as Comelec Assistant Regional Director for Region XI. 

With Casquejo’s appointment, Duterte has one more Comelec commissioner to name, this time to take the place of Arthur Lim whose term also ended in February.

Last month, the Commission on Appointments confirmed Duterte’s appointment of Sheriff Abbas as Comelec chairman.

Duterte gets to name 3 out of the 7 members of the Comelec, a body that will play a critical role in a possible plebiscite for a new Philippine constitution. The shift to a federal system of government was one of Duterte’s major campaign promises. – Rappler.com

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.