MANILA – Political analyst Malou Tiquia slammed President Aquino's decision to post bail for newly appointed Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioner Grace Padaca.
"It would have been a lot better had former Isabela Governor Grace Padaca politely rejected the offer of the President to pay her bail. She has politely done so the first time and there was no Comelec appointment hanging. What makes this second offer a lot different?" Tiquia told ABS-CBN News on Thursday.
Tiquia said the action puts Aquino's advocacy for good governance in doubt.
"I don't think this is Tuwid na Daan (righteous path). Tuwid na Daan is about reforms, accountability, transparency and ethics in governance and surely paying bail for an incoming Comelec commissioner is not right. Independence is vital in a body like Comelec," she said.
Tiquia also dared the administration to live up to its campaign promise.
"We should never lose the point that this government was elected because it was the anti-thesis of the previous. It should stick to that promise or totally just leave it and do as it pleases,” she added.
Padaca is a party-mate of Aquino at the Liberal Party and is the first politician appointed to the poll body since Benjamin Abalos.
She posted bail Thursday on the malversation and graft charges filed against her.
She said the President personally shouldered her P70,000 bail.
"Sabi po niya as early as 4 months ago, pera niya, bilang si Noynoy Aquino, ang magpipiyansa sa akin," she told reporters.
Meantime, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. still doesn't know if Padaca will report to Comelec today.
Brillantes said he hasn't heard from her but he confirms that they already have her appointment papers and the official communication sent by the Office of the Executive Secretary.