Sixto Brillantes

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Sixto Brillantes, Jr.
Chairman of the Commission on Elections
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 16, 2011
Appointed by Benigno Aquino III
Preceded by Jose Melo
Personal details
Born Sixto Serrano Brillantes, Jr.
(1939-08-14) August 14, 1939 (age 75)
Intramuros, Manila, Philippines[1]
Nationality Filipino

Sixto Serrano Brillantes, Jr. (born August 14, 1939) is the current chairman of the Philippine Commission on Elections (Comelec). He was appointed by Philippine president Benigno Aquino III on January 16, 2011 to serve the unexpired term of Chairman Jose Melo.[2]

Election Lawyer[edit]

Some quarters fear he may not be an objective Comelec chief, having served popular clients such as former President Joseph Estrada and the Ampatuan family.[3]

Brillantes, who resigned as poll lawyer following his appointment on Saturday, said: “Marami ang nakakakilala sa akin, and for the last 20 years, ako ho ang humahabol sa mga operator.”[3]

Even former Senator Manuel Roxas II supposedly expressed reservations over his appointment. He allegedly voiced out his fears to President Benigno Aquino III that Brillantes may favor senator Francis Escudero or Vice-President Jejomar Binay in the 2016 elections.[3]

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Government offices
Preceded by
Jose Melo
COMELEC Chairman
2011 – Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent