Pangarungan officially takes the helm of Comelec

Pangarungan officially takes the helm of Comelec

Comelec commissioner and acting chair Socorro Inteng (left) hands over the Philippine flag symbolic of public trust to newly-appointed Comelec chairman Saidamen Balt Pangarungan who took over the helm of the poll body during a simple turn-over ceremony on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at the Comelec headquarters in Intramuros, Manila.

Pangarungan replaced Sheriff Abas who retired as chairman last February along with two other commissioners, becoming in the process the second Muslim and Mindanaoan to lead the Comelec.

President Rodrigo Duterte first appointed Pangarungan in 2018 as National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Secretary before his appointment as the new chairman of the poll body.

(Kiara Lauren Ibanez/BENJAMIN CUARESMA/ai/mtvn)

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