Padaca: I will pay utang na loob with service
Former Isabela Governor willing to resign from LP
MANILA, Philippines – Incoming Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Grace Padaca on Friday said she is willing to resign from the administration Liberal Party amid concerns that she might be biased for the LP and the Kaya Natin movement, of which she is a co-convenor.
“I am ready to do that if it is the best thing to do, if it is necessary,” she told radio dzMM.
Padaca said that more than women’s rights or the rights of the disabled, the issue closest to her heart is electoral reform.
“Mas malapit sa akin ang electoral issues because I proved during my 6 na taon as governor of Isbaela na maglagay ka lang ng kahit isang matinong tao sa gobyerno, that person could do so much,” she said.
In a separate interview, Padaca also defended President Benigno Aquino III’s decision to pay for her bail. She brushed off criticism the President’s action would compromise her independence in the poll body.
“This was decided by the President as early as May when the warrant of arrest was issued against me, it just so happened that now I’m Comelec commissioner,” she said in an interview on ANC’s Headstart.
She said she accepted the President's help because she is hurting about what happened to her case. She earlier said she is unwilling to post bail because she wanted to protest the case filed against her.
The 70,000-peso bail was posted before the Sandiganbayan on Thursday for the malversation and graft charges filed against her.
Padaca vowed to be fair in deciding election cases, stressing she is not indebted to Malacañang.
“It’s sad that my objectivity and fairness is being questioned. Hintayin na lang nila ilang buwan para makita yung kulay ng aking desisyon. I know that they might fear that I will ruled by utang na loob. If there's utang na loob today, then I will pay it with service - the kind that will not embarrass him,” she said.
Padaca urged her critics to give her time to prove her decisions will be based on facts.
She said that as Comelec commissioner, she will push for electoral reforms.