PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed a former election official to the Supreme Court. 

The tribunal got the appointment papers of Election Commissioner Antonio T. Kho, Jr. on Wednesday, court spokesman Brian Keith F. Hosaka told reporters in a Viber message. He will replace Justice Rosmari D. Carandang, who retired last month. 

Mr. Kho, one of three election commissioners who retired this month, was a member of the Comelec Second Division, which has rejected one of several lawsuits seeking to bar the son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos from running for president this year. 

Mr. Duterte appointed him Justice undersecretary in 2016. He graduated from the San Beda College of Law, where he and the president were fraternity brothers. 

Mr. Kho placed 10th in the 1991 bar exams. — John Victor D. Ordoñez