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Ex-Comelec chairman Jose Melo, 88, dies

Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Jose Melo passed away on Sunday night, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said in a statement.

Jimenez said Melo, who oversaw the country’s transition to full election automation from 2008 to 2010, died at the age of 88.

Prior to leading the Comelec, Melo served as one of the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court from August 1992 to May 2002.

Former Comelec commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said Melo’s demise was terrible news, and that he was supposed to meet the former Comelec Chairman once quarantine restrictions brought about by COVID-19 pandemic eases. —Llanesca T. Panti/KBK, GMA News