Tulfo takes oath as ACT-CIS nominee

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 30) — Former Social Welfare Secretary Erwin Tulfo has taken his oath as nominee of the Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Party-list.

Tulfo, however, cannot assume office just yet, an official of the House of Representatives said.

At a briefing on Tuesday, House Majority Leader Mannix Dalipe confirmed Tulfo's oath-taking, which House Secretary General Reginald Velasco said was a "formality."

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) earlier junked a disqualification case against Tulfo, and said he can assume his post as ACT-CIS nominee.https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2023/5/26/Comelec-Erwin-Tulfo-ACT-CIS-post.html

"We can issue a certification of who is now the third nominee after the resignation of the former third even if the MR (motion for reconsideration) is still pending. Administrative lang 'yong sa part ng [on the part of] Comelec," Comelec Chairman George Garcia told reporters.

But Velasco said Tulfo cannot assume office until the House receives official notice from the poll body stating that Tulfo is the party-list's nominee.

"Pwede nang ituloy yan kasi [That can proceed because] we were already assured that the letter is forthcoming and we were furnished a copy of the notice of dismissal of the case against him. So we will go ahead with the oath-taking, but of course the actual occupation of the office we will await the formal letter from Comelec," Velasco earlier said.

Velasco added that ACT-CIS has officially informed them that Tulfo is "indeed the nominee" who replaced Rep. Jeffrey Soriano.