By Leslie Ann Aquino
Two commissioners of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) are set to retire next month.
But Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez assured that their retirement will not have a big impact as far as their workings are concerned.
“It won’t really have a big impact in our day-to-day business at the Commission,” he said in an interview.
“There are supposed to be seven commissioners. The quorum to do business is four. Seven minus two gives you five. So even then, we will still have a quorum,” added Jimenez.
He also said the workload was not that heavy since the next electoral exercise is still in 2022.
“Since we are in between elections, the work load is not that heavy, the timing is not that critical,” said Jimenez.
When asked if the poll body will recommend anyone to the post, he replied: “The Commission does not make recommendations.”
Jimenez said they were leaving the decision solely to President Duterte.
Commissioners Luie Guia and Al Parreno will retire on February 2 after completing their seven-year terms.
The two were appointed by then President Benigno Aquino III in 2013.
With their upcoming retirement, the Comelec en banc will be left with five members namely: Chairman Sheriff Abas, Commissioners
Rowena Guanzon, Marlon Casquejo, Antonio Kho, and Socorro Inting.