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a failure of elections it ain’t

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.

May 14, 2010 at 2:28 pm 6 comments


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