Romeo Brawner
Chairman of the Commission on Elections
In office
February 2 – March 25, 2008
Appointed byGloria Macapagal Arroyo
Preceded byResurreccion Borra
Succeeded byJose Melo
COMELEC Commissioner
In office
September 18, 2005 – May 29, 2008[1]
Appointed byGloria Macapagal Arroyo
Personal details
Born(1935-09-17)September 17, 1935
Solano, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippine Islands
DiedMay 29, 2008(2008-05-29) (aged 72)
Quezon City, Philippines

Romeo Aliac Brawner[2] (September 17, 1935 – May 29, 2008) was a Filipino public official who served as a Commissioner of the Philippine Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from 2005 until his death from a heart attack in May 2008.[3] From February to March 2008, he served as the Acting Chairman of the COMELEC, by virtue of his being the most senior Commissioner on the commission, replacing Resurreccion Borra on the February 2, 2008[4] after the latter had retired.

Brawner earned his law degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1959. He entered the Philippine judiciary in 1975 as a trial court judge in Baguio.[5] In 1995, he was appointed by President Fidel Ramos as a Justice of the Court of Appeals of the Philippines.[5] In 2005, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appointed Brawner as Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeals.[5] Immediately upon his retirement from the Court of Appeals, having reached the compulsory retirement age of 70, President Arroyo named Brawner as Commissioner of the COMELEC.

Prior to his appointment as a Baguio City Court judge and later, as Regional Trial Court Judge of Branch 10 in La Trinidad, Benguet (January 1987 to August 1995), he served as a public prosecutor for 11 years, and was also a professor of law at the Baguio Colleges Foundation (University of the Cordilleras), from 1971 to 1995. Also a native of Kiangan, Ifugao, he was a Bureau of Internal Revenue collection agent and a Knight of Columbus member. He was conferred the Chief Justice Jose Laurel Judicial Excellence Award as outstanding judge from the Foundation for Judicial Excellence in 1995.[6]

Brawner grew up in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya.[7][8]

Members of the Brawner Commission

Assumed office: February 2, 2008 Dissolved: March 25, 2008

# Name Position
1 Romeo A. Brawner Acting Chairman/Commissioner
2 Rene V. Sarmiento Commissioner
3 Nicodemo T. Ferrer Commissioner
4 Moslemen T. Macarambon Sr. Commissioner

See also

Preceded byResurreccion Borra (Acting) COMELEC Chairman February 2 – March 25, 2008 Succeeded byJose Melo


  1. ^ Died in office
  2. ^ COMELEC grieves the loss of Commissioner Brawner Archived 2012-02-12 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Erwin Oliva (2008-05-29). "Comelec's Brawner dies of heart attack". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
  4. ^ Brawner named COMELEC acting chairman
  5. ^ a b c "Curriculum Vitae". Archived from the original (DOC) on 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
  6. ^, ‘Brawnie’ was epitome of judge’s neutrality
  7. ^, 'Brawner was set to check out of hospital'
  8. ^, Elections exec Brawner succumbs to heart attack