Grace Padaca bailed out by PNoy to pave way for appointment as COMELEC commissioner

Despite having an outstanding arrest warrant hanging over her head over charges of graft, former Isabela Governor Grace Padaca has been appointed by Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III to the post of commissioner of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC). As if the appointment of a person who is the subject of an open case weren’t enough, President BS Aquino also reportedly paid the Php70,000 needed by Padaca to post bail himself.

Noted political analyst and management consultant Malou Tiquia is quoted in an ABS-CBN News report as opining how Padaca would have been better off politely declining the President’s offer to post bail and cited how Padaca had, in fact, done so in a previous instance. “What makes this second offer a lot different?” asks Tiquia.

Tiquia said the action puts Aquino’s advocacy for good governance in doubt.

“I don’t think this is Tuwid na Daan (righteous path). Tuwid na Daan is about reforms, accountability, transparency and ethics in governance and surely paying bail for an incoming Comelec commissioner is not right. Independence is vital in a body like Comelec,” she said.

Tiquia also dared the administration to live up to its campaign promise.

“We should never lose the point that this government was elected because it was the anti-thesis of the previous. It should stick to that promise or totally just leave it and do as it pleases,” she added.

Padaca is being accused by the Sandiganbayan of being accountable for irregularities in the disbursment of Php25 million in funds lent by the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) for the Priority Agricultural Modernization Project or Priority Hybrid Rice Program of Isabela province in 2006. The former radio journalist who actively campaigned against corruption and illegal logging in Isabela was elected Governor of the northern Luzon province of Isabela in 2004 and re-elected in 2007, but was ordered to vacate her post by the COMELEC in 2009 after her term was declared “null and void” after her political rival Benjamin Dy successfully contested the results of the 2007 poll.

Padaca is a founder of the Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership. Co-founder Harvey Keh in an earlier statement congratulated Padaca on the occasion of her appointment to the COMELEC…

“We are happy with our cofounder’s appointment as Comelec commissioner and we are thankful to President Aquino for the trust and confidence he has given to Governor Padaca…”


“Her appointment further raises the integrity and credibility of Comelec. We are expecting that she will work toward instituting genuine reforms in our electoral system especially as the 2013 elections draw near…”

Harvey Keh is noted for being caught lying while being grilled by a number of Senator-Judges during the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona…

Keh along with former Akbayan party list representative Risa Hontiveros and another person filed a “complaint” against Corona alleging that the chief magistrate possessed unexplained dollar-denominated bank accounts. The complaint, as it turned out, was based on unreliable sources with Keh, the smallest nobody among the three, ironically making the biggest song-and-dance about information about these accounts obtained from anonymous sources.

Suffice to say, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile to whose office Keh had directly handed over these unverified documents was not amused. “I felt insulted and offended and I’m ordering you to show cause why you should not be cited for contempt,” Enrile told Harvey Keh. Keh was also caught lying about not informing the media in advance of his publicity stunt at Enrile’s office. Under questioning by Senator Judge Jinggoy Estrada, Keh admitted that he had been in touch with reporter “friends” from the broadsheet and the tabloid Abante shortly after he had received the documents.

Why do the same names keep emerging whenever some sort of dodgy business gets thrust into the public awareness?

As always:

Abangan ang susunod na kabanata.


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this is not only unethical, but weird behaviour!
are all p-noys friends psychologically flawed and morally corrupt
another example of why p-noy tops the worlds worst leaders poll.
my embassy aquaintances find the guy an embarrassment to even be around, and just like filipinos cant wait for another posting – even syria!!

Thomas Jefferson

Is this the straight path?

Matthew – “For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.”


A few Payatas folks would say “Wow!!! Ngayon, talagang may utang na loob si Padaca kay Persi-dente!!!”

PresiNoynoy would probably say “… less than a million pesos”, ano ba naman iyan, ang kikitid naman ng utak ninyo!!!


Both GMA and Padaca have cases before the Sandiganbayan. GMA had a graft case before too. But the current administration itself chose to bail out Padaca. Obvious favoritism, anyone?

And I know I have the knack for stating the obvious.


Presi Noynoy treats his bosses(Filipino citizens) as stupid!
I think there are a lot more qualified Filipinos who could take that Comelec post. Why choose to bail and appoint her as comelec commissioner?
The comelec is under his control too, now!


Walang magagawa, anghel ang tingin nila sa mga sarili nila eh…pero bakit parang impyerno sa Pilipinas ngayon? 😉

Hyden Toro

Nanakawin ang eleksiyon para kay Aquino….Pi-PiCOSing tayo lahat…


Grace Padaca is quoted by Inquirer-dot to have said:

“If you have … P-Noy (Aquino) who have knowledge that you did not steal, what do you have to fear?” she said.

“…Tumbok mo, Grace!!!” now-retired Puno would clap yey Daang Matuwid!!!

formula one

This is what I like about
Ms. Grace Padaca. She is
not filthy rich. She
is not even rich.
President Aquino has to
use his “personal funds” to pay for her
bail bond. She is even
very honest to tell the
reporters that it came
from the President. Padaca is a very rare Filipino public
servant. Only those
corrupt, hungry for
power, ruthless, with
no shame at all and
unmindful of the country’s interest will
have something against
this wonderful woman.
I truly admire her
honesty, decency,
incorruptibility and courageousness. Just
like the great Jesse
Robredo, very rare,


An item I do not understand is this.

Grace Padaca has the money —- she just refuses to pay the P70-thousand.

Nagkakalokohan ata, why did PersiNoynoy pay when Grace Padaca has the money to pay the amount herself?

Sino ang nangloloko, at sino ang niloloko?

Thomas Jefferson

The darkness slowly creeps over the land. From the Daily Tribune:

OK,it is more than OBVIOUS that politics are a huge motivating factor in prosecuting corruption. HOWEVER,if the case is heard in open court,by a jury of ones’ peers;how can there be an escape from justice? Mrs.Arroyo is FREE on bail,on NON-BAILABLE OFFENSES and is comically running for office!!!! This woman in the article,is she guilty?of what is she guilty? IN THE SAD CASE OF THE GOV’T.,it is obvious that all of the players are the same.Much like their mentors in the U.S.A. except ,with a certain brand of arrogance due to the so-called ‘culture of impunity’, it is now more… Read more »

pansinin nyo naman si formula one.


His initials suit him well, BS, coz he’s full of BS

“A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.” ― Aldous Huxley , Brave New World P-noy prioritised the cybercrime law in time for the elections, puts an IT ignoramus in at comelec, ensures pcos machines used again. Gets arroyo out of the way and even gets bam aquino of all people on the slate!! A joke for observers, a tragedy for the filipino people. And not a politician brave enough… Read more »

Well…politicians can easily buy a chip for the pcos machine and boom! They will surely win!


Si AbNoy at si disGrace, alang delikadesa.


How can anyone be expected to respect the courts and the PH legal system when it is the President himself who deliberately ignores them? He has done this before – the SC TRO on GMA’s travel remember? This is not only exasperating but a scandal. And to Padaca, she is beholden to the President, no matter what sanctimonious statement she says. This is really something and Aquino thinks that he is above the law. Shame on him.

Lord Chimera

Typical Prez actions. Forgive me sounding so blase but his faults are not that surprising anymore, but do expect more foolishness from him.


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