Malacañang has accepted former Ambassador Macabangkit Lanto's decision to turn down his appointment as commissioner of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Deputy Presidential Spokeswoman Abigail Valte cited Lanto's display of delicadeza in declining the post.
Lanto's decision came amid criticisms he was unseated as a congressman in 1994 for electoral fraud.
"The highest consideration for the country is to restore confidence in the electoral system. Mr. Lanto's decision to withdraw as commissioner of the COMELEC is a demonstration of personal delicadeza and gives the President an opportunity to make a new appointment to the position," Valte said.
She said the Palace will announce the new appointees to the Comelec at the appropriate time.
Earlier, another prospective Comelec commissioner begged off from the President's appointment.
Election lawyer Bernadette Sardillo wrote to the President last March 7 formally declining the nomination due to health concerns affecting a family.