CA amends rules on appointment of nominees

MANILA-- The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Tuesday formally amended its rules on the appointment of nominees.

One of the main changes to its rules is that an appointee or nominee, after being bypassed for three times, would require the CA to decide whether to confirm or reject him or her.

Senate Pres. Aquilino Pimentel III said that another rule introduced was a third mode of voting which is via ballot.

"Aside from ayes and nays, raising of hands, we introduced a third mode of voting, ballot, it will now be a recognized mode of voting in CA," Pimentel told reporters in an interview.

The CA has also shortened the required minimum period to notify the members of a committee about its hearings to 24 hours.

"Upon receipt of the commission of the nomination or appointment of President, the chairman can immediately refer it to the committee chairman so that they can start hearings," Pimentel explained.

Before, the CA would still wait for the completion of the papers of the appointee or nominee. Now it will be the committee chair's responsibility to remind the appointee or nominee to complete his papers.

Pimentel said that the new rules were decided based on the collective wisdom of the members of the CA.

Sen. Vicente Sotto III said that the panel has retained the same members despite the reorganization that took place in the Senate last February 27.

He said that these rules will all be effective on Wednesday.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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