President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed former Department of Justice (DoJ) undersecretary Antonio T. Kho, Jr. as new Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioner, Malacañang said.
In a text message to reporters on Friday, July 13, Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher “Bong” T. Go said the Palace released the appointment paper of Mr. Kho last Thursday, July 12.
The new Comelec official is taking over the position of Sheriff M. Abas who has been appointed as chairman of the commission.
Mr. Kho served as justice undersecretary during the tenure of former Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II, who resigned last April while the DoJ was under fire for its dismissal of the criminal case against several high profile drug personalities and for alleged pork barrel mastermind Janet L. Napoles’ provisional entry into its Witness Protection Program (WPP.)
Mssrs. Aguirre, Duterte, and Kho are fraternity brothers at Lex Talionis in San Beda College of Law.