Tuesday, March 20, 2007

honest and credible elections

On the occasion of the forthcoming May 2007 elections, it can be readily said that all Filipinos of goodwill, the young people in particular—are ardently hoping that the political exercise will be honest and credible for a change; and understandably so. They well know and still remember the shame and infamy that accompanied the 2004 National Elections. This well-marked event of the country is definitely not something Filipinos can be proud of. Their dignity as a people has been trampled upon as their key leaders made them appear dumb and blind.

The people then became deeply divided. The country was greatly disturbed. There was distrust and anger in the land. The present is still adversely affected. In fact, the distinctly shameful particulars that went with the 2004 elections are still remembered, still invoked, and still brings disgust and animosity when recalled.

The present and urgent key question these days is in substance one and the same: may the people really expect a basically honest and sufficiently credible elections? No. They are not asking for a perfect elections process specially in the writing and counting of votes. No. They are neither expecting a very orderly and altogether peaceful election. But yes. They are anxious and desirous of having even but a “basically honest” and “sufficiently credible” elections this coming May 2007.

It is the least that people like to witness—fair and credible elections. Even this early however, there are already marked indications that the forthcoming elections might not even meet the minimum expectation of the common people in the country, needless to say this is once again bad news for the forthcoming supposedly democratic exercise.

The names of some smooth operators are already being mentioned. There are also indications that even certain government institutions have began working to favor the pro-administration congressional candidates. It is not a secret that illegal gambling money is funding the elections expenses of certain aspirants for public office. There is also the founded suspicion that even public funds are helping promote the candidacy of pro-government candidates.

And what about the recent burning of COMELEC? Is this good news for the elections scheduled but some two months from today?

20 March 2007