Are we being set up for a failed election?

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LOST in the noise about the highly questionable eligibility of one leading presidential candidate and the “shoot first, and don’t bother to ask any questions about it” leadership style of another is the worrisome fact that the election system we are expected to use to select the next president – as well as more than 40,000 officials across the nation – remains in complete disarray, and may very well be incapable of delivering a credible election result. We are now beginning to wonder if this is intentional.

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The tip-off may have been the comments last week of the chief architect of the technical side of the current mess, former Comelec head Sixto Brillantes, when he suggested that not enough time remained to resolve the eligibility issue of Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares before the printing of the ballots for next May’s election must commence. According to Brillantes, Poe-Llamanzares’ name should be included on the ballot, even though the Comelec en banc has yet to review the decision of its 2nd division which cancelled her Certificate of Candidacy, and even though the en banc decision, whatever it is, will be challenged at the Supreme Court, because ballot printing must begin by December 15.

We know a little something about completing big printing jobs, and while we understand that printing upwards of 50 million ballots is a lot of work, it would be less work if it were not for the inefficient system put in place by Brillantes himself while he headed the Comelec, and in any case, should not in any way be considered the operative priority over making certain that the names that appear on the ballot have an unquestioned right to be there. It is not just Poe-Llamanzares whose eligibility is questionable; the late entry of Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte into the presidential race is likely to be challenged as well, as will the entry of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, if he follows through on his recent hint that he may again toss his hat into the ring.

Alarming possibilities
All of this raises a frightening scenario: An election, carried out by means of the PCOS system that has been demonstrated time and again as being highly vulnerable to breakdown and manipulation, which features one or more leading candidates who are legally ineligible to run for president. If the Supreme Court rules as expected and finds that Grace Poe-Llamanzares is in fact not eligible, the timing of that decision could determine what happens to the May 2016 election. If the decision comes after the printing of ballots is well underway but before the election, the election could be postponed. If the final decision comes after the election, then the whole thing could be declared a failure, with the remedy being a new election, or the votes for the suddenly-ineligible candidate or candidates simply invalidated, handing the election to the runner-up. To make sure the benefactor of this outcome is the one who the powers behind the plot prefer, the easily-controlled PCOS system could be made to deliver the necessary number of “votes” to give the result the veneer of credibility.

This might all be idle speculation, and no doubt the ones who would benefit most from it – the Liberal Party and their apparently unwinnable candidate Mar Roxas – will strongly argue that it is. But what tends to increase suspicion is that, despite a multitude of unanswered questions about the reliability of the voting machines, despite unanswered questions about how electoral challenges are apparently being rushed, none of the leading candidates have uttered a word of concern about any of it. The candidates are proceeding in a manner that suggests they are either wholly unaware of possible problems – which seems very unlikely – or do not really expect that the election will actually take place as planned.

We cannot help but conclude that our democracy is being threatened. While we would be very pleased to eventually be proven wrong about that, it would be unwise for anyone to lower their vigilance now.

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  1. ferdinand naboye on

    may dignidad ba ang constitution that is bein tormented by the ambitious though no chance to win in a clean election administration back candidate. if you have dignity you better back off from the race and let the people decde do not use the tricky interpretation of the courts because people believe they are paid to favor to disqualify your oponents

  2. Mar will become the Pres. Winner by Default but it will not last long because people will not accept without people’s majority mandate. So he will face hell multitude to force him to step down. Showing his unpopular to the masses.

    • There is merit in what the writer says —We certainly are a long way off from Democracy As is that champion of democracy; the USA ,..

      What we seem to have ended up with is oligarchy …

      The almost laughable way we have sought to ban Alice Poe from running ..Is a keystone cop kind of mentality .

      We have people in high office who have convictions for fraud People who have had jail ..Allowed to run for office –Indeed are in office ,

      We have people in office that have been convicted of abuse of govt money

      ..Others who are under investigation allowed to seek office

      family’s who’s members have plundered the county,out of millions of peso…Allowed free reign ..

      We are saying kick us again ..Do we have National death wish ?

      I remain yours\Faithfully
      Dr David M Meyer (PhD}

  3. If we take for granted the possibility of manipulation of the 2016 election result. What hope will the next generation have? What integrity will our nation have? Will moral values still exist? Will investors still come to invest in a country run by dishonest officials? Will the investors trust a Nation ruled by cheaters and tax stealers? Will the people trust COMELEC who connived with SMART MATIC in robbing the will of the Nation and yet steal Billions of their tax money? Will Investors come to invest in a Nation where rule of law is trampled by the Senators, Congress, Judges because tax money was used to bribe them? Will our Nation survive if attack by our enemies if we are ruled by Hippocrates and treasonous officials? As of now many False nationalist and false makabayan as if they have the monopoly of loving our nation but they used Bayan muna as a mask to appear as true Nation loving people but they are wolves in sheeps clothing if they keep using this label but their hidden agenda is to decieve the Filipinos to let it appear that communist Socialism is the answer to address the social ills! The truth is ONLY Jesus have the answer because the main problem of mankind is separation from God who created mankind due to sin of rebellion! Romans 3:23. John 8:44New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    44 You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks [a]a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of [b]lies.And we are all sinners therefore all sinners produce sinful ways or sinful fruits
    Romans 1:18-32New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    Unbelief and Its Consequences
    18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth [a]in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident [b]within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not [c]honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and [d]crawling creatures.

    24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for [e]a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed [f]forever. Amen.

    26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is [g]unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing [h]indecent acts and receiving in [i]their own persons the due penalty of their error.

    28 And just as they did not see fit [j]to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, [k]haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.This the reason why we need to abide in Jesus to bear good fruit.or be able to do what is right IF we don’t believe,attatche our spiritual life to Jesus then we will soon be dried.Our life deepened on matterials on earth. With out God dependency we can not do anything good! Read carefully John 15:5-6New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. So we need Spiritual repentance in order for our dead spirit man be made alive or be BORN Again in the spirit so that we can be capable of doing good because God the loving and good Father, who created become our Father God and no longer Satan.John 3:1-16; 17:2-5. God Bless the Philippines!

  4. I agree with Atty. Bono had been harping. We better go for Transition government and introduce radical peaceful transparent reforms in order to put the electoral reforms,judicial reforms,Constitutional,Political,economic reforms!!! But we must also consider Spiritual reform because it is the foundation of all reforms. It is the foundation of moral values that sustained just and free Nations and free enterprises or just Capitalist. See Poverty of the Nations as reference.

  5. If Binay losses in 2016 we will hear about election fraud and his camp is already setting up peoples minds at this scenario. Binay, win or loss will say he was cheated, that he and his family never engaged in corruption and when all is said and done he will be vindicated.