It is definitely a wide-open secret in this Country that practically all elections have been marred by more than one big disconcerting events, by many serious doubts and questions that assail electoral credibility and the pacified acceptability of de facto elections. The latest concrete expression of this ever recurring phenomenon was the 2004 elections. The latest concrete expression of this ever recurring phenomenon was the 2004 elections. Surreptitious phone calls were made. One real and false – one genuine and fake, one human and ghostly – recordings were held up high for display to confuse the general public. The dramatic “Hyatt Ten” came to being. The central character of all such confused and confusing phenomena remain a suspect to this date – consistently minus or negative in trust rating, notwithstanding all concerted attempts to the contrary, with all these nonchalantly chargeable to public funds.
And here we go again – soon. The pre-election period is already boiling such that socio-political accusations and counter accusations are flying all over the radio, print and television. Billions of pesos are wildly spent for political advertisements to be paid also by people’s money – courtesy of the winning candidates. Politics has therefore in effect become a big business, a boom for goons given gold and having guns. If it is already this bad now, the election day will be much worst, viz., more dangerous and deadly. And the immediate post-election day will be anything else than rosy and dandy.
Just for record purposes, it would be but proper and practical to have but a general list of what will make the forthcoming May 2010 National and Local Elections, the reassurance of the Country, the hope of the people. The key reality-word is “integrity”:
1. INTEGRITY OF THE COMELEC
2. INTEGRITY OF THE POLITICAL CANDIDATES
3. INTEGRITY OF THE VOTERS’ LISTS
4. INTEGRITY OF THE PRINTED BALLOTS
5. INTEGRITY OF THE COMELEC INSPECTORS
6. INTEGRITY OF THE ELECTION MACHINES
7. INTEGRITY OF THE MACHINE TRANSPORTATION
8. INTEGRITY OF THE PRECINT OFFICIALS
9. INTEGRITY OF THE TRANSMISSION OF VOTES
10. INTEGRITY OF THE NATIONAL TOTAL COUNT OF VOTES
If the above composite integrity is too much to ask for or too idealistic to expect, then the general public should have to settle and accept the standard DISHONEST, DISORDERLY AND DISTURBING ELECTIONS.
Sad but true!
January 29, 2010