Malacañang may be waiting for Congress to adjourn for the holidays before appointing Commission on Elections Commissioner Sheriff Abas as chief in an ad interim capacity.
Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III has confirmed that the Palace has yet to submit Abas’ nomination as Comelec chairman to the Commission on Appointments.
“Maybe, the Palace is waiting for Congress to adjourn on Dec. 16 and issue him an ad interim appointment so he could take on his new job immediately,” Albano, CA’s majority leader, told The Philippine Star.
The lawmaker said that since President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Abas while Congress was in session, he could not assume his post until he gets the CA’s nod.
Duterte appointed Abas in November to take the place of resigned chairman Andres Bautista. He will serve until 2022.
Not much is known about Abas, except that he is a nephew of Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal.
At 38, he will be the youngest head of the Comelec and the first commissioner to lead the poll body.