By Leslie Ann Aquino
A church backed poll watchdog group believes the appointment of retired Court of Appeals associate justice Socorro Inting as poll Commissioner will be a plus factor to the Commission on Elections.
“As far as I can recall, once handled, decades ago, a case before her when she was an RTC judge. found her to be fair. Her fairness and her long years in the judiciary will be a big contribution to the Comelec,” Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting chairperson Rene Sarmiento said in an interview.
“Her being a woman will be a plus factor. Will provide added dimension to her being a Comelec Commissioner,” he added.
Sarmiento said even her name Socorro, which means “succor,” heralds something positive for the institution.
The former poll commissioner then wished Inting the best as she takes on her new role as Comelec Commissioner.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez also yesterday welcomed Inting’s appointment saying she will be an “invaluable asset” to the poll body.
“Justice Inting’s long experience in the judiciary will be an invaluable asset to the Commission, as it buckles down to the work of both ensuring the success of the 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections and preparing for the rapidly approaching 2019 National and Local Elections,” he said following Malacanang’s announcement of the appointment of Inting.
Justice Inting will take the place of Commissioner Arthur D. Lim, who retired in February.
At present, the seven-member en banc only has four members namely; Commissioners Al Parreno, the acting Comelec Chairman; Rowena Guanzon, Luie Guia and Sheriff Abas.
Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista resigned in October 2017.