CA confirms Comelec Commissioner Socorro Inting

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday, May 30, confirmed the appointment of Socorro Inting as Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioner.

This comes a day after Inting hurdled a CA hearing about her appointment to the poll body.

Inting is a former associate justice of the Court of Appeals (CA).

She hails from Davao City, where President Rodrigo Duterte served as mayor for more than two decades. She finished law, cum laude, from the Ateneo de Davao University in 1980.

She was named to the CA in 2009.

Before this, Inting served as judge in the cities of Manila and Makati for a combined period of 12 years, was a prosecutor for 6 years, and worked as public attorney for 7 years. Prior to entering government service, she also engaged in private law practice.

Inting faced the CA a week after the appointments body confirmed Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas as well.

In a statement on Wednesday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque welcomed the CA's confirmation of Inting, as well as of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat, Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones, and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.

"The confirmation of the aforementioned officials reflects the full confidence [in] the competence and integrity of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's recent appointees. It's time to work, work, work to realize the President's vision of a comfortable life for all Filipinos," said Roque. – Rappler.com

Paterno R. Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II is a senior reporter leading Rappler’s coverage of religion and foreign affairs. He finished MA Journalism in Ateneo and MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.

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