MANILA, Philippines - A senior citizen who tried to charm Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes into approving her senatorial candidacy last week has failed to win his approval.
Reporters asked Brillantes about the status of Norma Nueva, the senior citizen who expressed her personal interest in the Comelec chief during the en banc session where poll commissioners grilled senatorial aspirants who failed the initial screening.
Brillantes said Nueva was among those who will be excluded from the final list of senatorial candidates. “Kasama sa matatanggal,” he said.
Brillantes and Nueva had a light exchange during the hearing when she was being asked about her background, platform of government and qualification for public office.
Nueva said she was "very much available, it will be an honor to have the chairman as my future [partner]," a remark that left Brillantes in stitches.
Commissioner Rene Sarmiento then asked Nueva: “May asim pa?"
She replied amid cheers from the gallery: “Maasim pa po sa isang sakong kamias at kamatis."
Nueva later turned to Brillantes and said, "You look very happy and handsome at that. Tumitibok ang puso ko. Naramdaman kong tumibok."
Nueva said she was a widow, prompting a comment from Brillantes, "20 years na ako biyudo."
Nueva then said: "Malungkot di ba?"
Brillantes recoiled from the remark.
Final list out next week
Brillantes said the final list of senatorial aspirants may be available by Monday.
He revealed that in addition to the 27 who already hurdled their initial screening, 5 more maybe added to the final list.
He said 32 is the final total after their deliberations, making the total number of exclusions 52.
Brillantes meantime appealed to the public to register for the May 2013 elections as there will be no extensions for the October 31 deadline. He said the poll body also denied the Department of Foreign Affairs’ request to extend registration for overseas voters, which currently is at 915,000 registrants.
The poll chief said Comelec offices are open even on Saturdays and holidays at regular office hours. There will also be no extension on October 31 till midnight.
Brillantes also expressed satisfaction at the High Court’s affirmation of its earlier 11-3 ruling upholding Comelec’s option to purchase the PCOS machines used in 2010.