The people must be wondering: Why does the Comelec remain mum amid the mounting protests warring political rivals are heaping on each other this past election? Perhaps it is high time we nudge the honorable Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista awake. Maybe he has slept long enough and needs to look into these matters—and more importantly act on them—with more urgency. Naturally the most pressing case on his table is the dispute over the second highest position in the land between Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos.
Another matter that got the cold shoulder of the Comelec is the appeal of former MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino against former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. The two both ran for senator in May 2016 and the latter won. The poll commission appears mum, if not defiantly immobile, on this. What we must remember is that swift resolution is expected not just by the contesting parties but by the nation at large.
In the final analysis, we just want the rightful victors to take their deserved place, regardless of whether we voted for them or not: something the respectable Comelec chairman and the commissioners must be taken to task for.
There is a local saying that goes—and we’re taking some translating liberties here—the nail won’t burrow itself; you have to hit it on the head. The proverbial hammer may come in the form of relentless Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, along with her colleagues in the commission, in hopefully shaking Mr. Bautista.
Though the poll-related tiffs between Marcos and Robredo and Tolentino and De Lima, virtual stalemates which people have been losing patience over, admittedly need careful consideration, the same cannot be said of the more glaring inconsistencies in the party-list race. More specifically, the following entities are facing disqualification cases that are near-impossible to contest: ACTS-OFW, CIBAC, 1CARE, 1-ANG EDUKASYON, and TUCP, first-time offenders all, most of whom allegedly have questionable actions regarding their nominations and nominees.
The biggest conundrum facing Chairman Bautista and his commissioners in the party-list race, however, is the case of the Senior Citizens party-list. After winning two consecutive elections and facing disqualification charges, the group still enjoys status quo. Imagine: two victorious elections but no actual nominees taking up their House seats, their pitiful sector left to fend for themselves. These people should not be allowed to sashay casually back into the party-list arena next time.
But most importantly, the Comelec should resolve these cases with haste.