Press Release
September 19, 2011

Cayetano's challenge to Chairman Brillantes: "Show us the reforms"

Senate minority leader Alan Peter Cayetano lamented that the lack of initiative on Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes' part to launch the investigation of scandals transformed Comelec "from bad to worse".

The senator explained that despite being in the Comelec for seven months Chairman Brilllantes still has very little to show for his touted commitment to clean up the agency by getting rid of the corrupt officials within its walls.

Cayetano said he finds the continued delay in the investigation unacceptable after Brillantes himself had already admitted in public that he knew of the 'notorious operators" inside the Comelec.

"Why wasn't a single alleged operator been investigated, removed and prosecuted?" he asked.

The minority leader urged Chairman Brillantes to use the week-long postponement of his Commission on Appointments (CA) confirmation hearing as a period to show his capability to institute reform.

"If he is saying that he is a reformist, he has to walk the talk and show us the reforms," he said.

Cayetano noted that if Brillantes continues to fail to meet the challenge of the President, then it should serve as a sign that the latter is not the best person suited for the position.

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