Miriam objects to new poll exec’s nomination

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago announces during a press conference on Wednesday (July 2, 2014) that she has been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. “God never asks us for an opinion. God just goes ahead and does whatever is in His hands. I just say okay,” Santiago says. (MNS photo)

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago announces during a press conference on Wednesday (July 2, 2014) that she has been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. “God never asks us for an opinion. God just goes ahead and does whatever is in His hands. I just say okay,” Santiago says. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Despite an objection from Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, a Commission on Appointments panel recommended on Wednesday the approval of the appointment of lawyer Arthur Lim as Comelec commissioner.

However, Lim’s nomination has yet to be scheduled for plenary approval as he still needs to talk with Santiago, said Senator Teofisto Guingona III, chairman of the CA committee on constitutional commissions and offices.

Santiago was not present during the hearing but sent a letter of objection.

“We would take that (objection) up when it reaches the plenary. We will give him time na baka makausap pa niya si Senator Santiago. We will wait kung mahilot niya pa,” said Guingona.

He added Santiago did not give any reason for her objection.

Lim, on the other hand, refused to comment on Santiago’s objection.

“Magkaibigan at magkaklase naman kami. I would not like to speculate on her reason,” Lim said.

Lim and Santiago both belonged to the University of the Philippines College of Law batch 69.

But during the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona in January 2012, Santiago scolded and even threatened to disqualify then-private prosecutor Lim for supposedly raising questions about her authority.  (MNS)

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