a failure of elections it ain’t

May 14, 2010 at 2:28 pm 6 comments

despite technical glitches and other issues related to the new automated voting system, the filipino people were able to cast their ballots on monday and elected their new president. as of this writing, benigno aquino iii is leading in the latest unofficial tally.

as with previous elections, this one came with a few surprises of its own. with his vaunted well-oiled campaign machine, manny villar appeared to win it all in the beginning. he ended up lagging behind joseph estrada in third place. and who would have thought that jejomar binay would surge ahead of mar roxas in the vice presidential race? that’s simply amazing.

it’s hardly surprising that president gloria macapagal-arroyo won her congressional seat, which is generally believed to be her stepping stone to staying in power. first, she would run for speaker of the house and then push the shift to a parliamentary form of government where she’d serve as prime minister. it’s doubtful, however, if she will get the numbers to win the speakership.

so far, the election results show that even though arroyo won her congressional seat handily, her favorite gofers who decided to run for office aren’t doing well, affirming the notion that being associated with her is tantamount to a kiss of death. these include eduardo ermita, agnes devanadera, hermogenes esperon, joc-joc bolante, prospero nograles, and norberto gonzalez.

aquino has pledged that should he become president, he would have arroyo investigated for corruption and vote rigging allegation. it’s a tall order for sure, especially for somebody who is the least experienced among the presidential candidates. i don’t think he possesses the political savvy yet to make it happen. besides, under the current political climate, no corrupt national official has been prosecuted and put to jail in the philippines. take the case of the big kahuna himself, former president joseph estrada, who was kicked out of office and charged with plunder. although he was convicted after a long trial, he didn’t spend a day in jail. president arroyo pardoned him for his indiscretion and sent him scot free.

many are advising aquino that he should play it cool and not appear like an avenging angel. he should heed their advice. it would be wise to consolidate his powers first before running after arroyo and her cronies. there’s no doubt that she has broken the law and enriched herself in office. she might have even committed treason in her dealings with the milf to create an independent bansangmoro state in mindanao and in granting china parity rights to oil exploration in the kalayaan islands. at this time, however, she’s still a formidable opponent. aquino must wait until her allies in congress start shifting their allegiances to him. in due time, it will come as day follows night. after all, he’ll have the pork to keep them in tow.

at any rate, even if arroyo doesn’t go to jail, stepping down from the presidency would probably be enough punishment. for one who’s so obsessed with power, she’ll never enjoy that privilege again. being a has-been is the pits. everything goes downhill from here on out.

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  • 1. FerBert  |  May 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    si Arroyo ay parang si Golum sa Lord of the Rings, pinagkaiba obsessed si Golum sa singsing si Gloria naman sa kapangyarihan ayan tuloy di na sila tumangkad pareho.

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  • 2. plaridel  |  May 15, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    ferbert:

    you’re right on the money. kapal ng mukha nila pareho.

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  • 3. virtualanimosity  |  May 30, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    wahahaha! nonetheless, idol ko pa din si gloria.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  June 1, 2010 at 1:06 pm

      virtualanimosity:

      what? say it ain’t so. but then again, you must have your reasons. 🙂

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  • 5. virtualanimosity  |  June 1, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    i idolize her not because i applaud her crooked ways of running my damned country! i admire her because she did all these evil things inspite of her being a woman. very very cunning isn’t it? she outwitted every man in her league and still mananged to display a seemingly innocent personality.

    she being a mother, a president of this ‘hopeless’ country and everything else in between was able to emotionally handle such blows and negative criticism. i cannot do that. for me she is a strong woman, will-powered and disciplined.

    yun nga lang ginamit nya sa kalokohan. pero hindi natin pede iblame sa kanya lahat because we allowed her to win. if we ONLY used her wits againts her sana matagal na sya wala sa pwesto. nagawa nga natin kay erap ehh, bakit di natin nagawa sa kanya? kasi tanga yung mga nakapaligid sa kanya! nagpauto lahat kay gloria! kesa nagngangawa sa karsada para pabagsakin si GMA bakit hindi ginamit ang utak para mas madali natin natapos ang kahirapan ng pilipinas. dami kasi puro satsat ehh. look at GMA she doesnt bad mouth anyone. but who has the power now? 😀

    woman…

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    • 6. plaridel  |  June 2, 2010 at 11:06 am

      virtualanimosity:

      it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the first gentleman and her favorite priest-confessor to whom she confesses her sins and asks forgiveness on a daily basis so that she can commit them again.

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