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The Comelec appoints an acting spokesperson.

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections has appointed an acting spokesperson (Comelec).

Comelec Chairperson Saidamen Pangarungan nominated lawyer John Rex Laudiangco, Director III of the Law Department, as an interim spokesperson in a memorandum published Friday.

“You (Laudiangco) are hereby appointed as the Commission’s Acting Spokesperson, effective immediately.” The instruction stated, “You should report to Commissioner George M. Garcia, the Commissioner-in-Charge (CIC) on Public Information and Education.”

Garcia stated he has no idea if the release of the memorandum has anything to do with the Sofitel-Impact Hub disaster.

He did, however, say that Laudiangco is an excellent pick.

“Director Laudiangco is one of the Commission’s top senior staff members. Garcia described himself as “talented, promising, and a truth-teller” in a Viber chat.

James Jimenez, a former Comelec spokesman, congratulated Laudiangco on his appointment.

In a Viber message, he stated, “I enthusiastically congratulate Director John Rex Laudiangco on his selection as the Commission’s spokesperson, and wish him all the best.” “For my part, I want to continue serving as faithfully as I have for the past 18 years, with proper deference to the Commission’s judgment and wisdom.”

The Commission en banc’s judgment, Laudiangco remarked, has humbled him.

“I look forward to working with all of you to ensure the success of our elections, guided by Chair Pangarungan and our Commissioners.” In a subsequent Viber chat, he said, “Mabuhay po kayo.”

As the inquiry into the canceled presidential and vice-presidential debates proceeds, Comelec Commissioner Rey Bulay suggested that Jimenez and Education and Information Department Director Frances Arabe be relieved of their duties in interacting with the media.

Simultaneously, he suggested that the Commission appoint successors for the two officials.

The probe came from Impact Hub Manila’s financial difficulties with the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila Hotel, which caused the final round of debates to be canceled and substituted with filmed panel interviews.

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