Former Isabela governor Grace Padaca has spoken. The newly appointed Commissioner of the government elections body, has also posted bail for two charges — graft and malversation of public funds. Following Malacanang’s announcement of her appointment, the Sandiganbayan confirmed there was a warrant of arrest for Padaca. Cops had tried – but failed – to serve the warrant.
|Former Isabela governor and newly-appointed Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca.
People raised questions over the propriety of her appointment.
- She was facing graft charges; didn’t these count?
- Why hadn’t she turned herself in?
- Can she be trusted to pass impartial judgment on former rivals?
Padaca’s graft case does NOT disqualify her from becoming Comelec Commissioner. Last I checked, people in this country remain innocent until a court of law hands down a guilty verdict. Padaca must come under that same standard, even if the administration she serves has a penchant for treating people as guilty until proven otherwise. (Except for a list of kaibigan, kamaganak, kaklase)
Is there a difference between evading the law and simply not entrusting yourself to its tender mercies? In previous interviews, Padaca has said refusal to file for bail was a statement, a form of protest against an unjust legal system stacked against her. Nothing unique there. Many have gone before her.
People wanted to understand:
- Why the change of heart?
- What had changed in the system that made her now amenable to filing bail?
- Had the legal system changed that much under the “tuwid na daan” regime?
- What changes singularly applied to her case?