Padaca out, Arthur Lim in as new Comelec commissioner
MANILA, Philippines – Grace Padaca is no longer a commissioner of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Rappler learned on Friday, July 25.
Padaca will be replaced by Arthur Lim, a lawyer who was among the private prosecutors in the impeachment trial of ousted chief justice Renato Corona in 2013. (READ: Who is Arthur Lim?)
Padaca's ad interim appointment was bypassed by the Commission on Appointments (CA) last June.
On July 7, Malacañang confirmed that no new appointment had been issued for Padaca, and it had no information on President Benigno Aquino III's decision on her reappointment. (READ: Palace unsure about Padaca's reappointment to Comelec)
Aquino appointed Padaca as Comelec commissioner on October 2, 2012. Two days later, the outstanding arrest warrant against her, in connection with a P25-million graft and malversation charge filed before the Sandiganbayan in 2011, was enforced.
The case was filed by former Isabela Representative and Vice Governor Santiago Respicio, who alleged that Padaca, during her incumbency as Isabela governor in 2006, gave undue advantage to a non-governmental organization to manage a credit facility project for Isabela’s rice farmers. – Rappler.com