President Benigno S. Aquino III has appointed former Isabela Gov. Grace Padaca as commissioner of the Commission on Elections with a term expiring in February 2018.
In a letter dated Sept. 28, 2012, President Aquino asked the Commission on Appointments to immediately confirm Padaca as Comelec commissioner.
Born on Oct. 25, 1963, Padaca became a Certified Public Accountant after graduating magna cum laude from the Lyceum of the Philippines in Manila.
Although stricken with polio at an early age, paralyzing both her legs, Padaca became an influential broadcaster in Isabela, inspiring the local people to understand civil and political issues and fight for what is right and just.
Padaca rose to prominence in 2004 when she defeated then Gov. Faustino Dy Jr., a member of a political dynasty that ruled Isabela for 40 years.
In May 2007, she was reelected as Isabela governor after beating former Gov. Benjamin Dy.
Among the awards she received were the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service (2008), the United States Department of State Woman of Courage Award (2007), the Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Fellowships for Professional Development Award (2006), and the First CEO Excel Awards (2005).