There must have been as many people who trooped to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) registration places last Saturday as those who went to cemeteries on All Saints’ Day, November 1.
It most cases, the voters’ last-minute rush to sign up for the May 9, 2016 elections is ascribed to our enduring mañana (procrastination) rhabit.
Perhaps, one may look at it as Filipinos’ penchant for the dramatic. In this case, it dramatizes our passion for elections, both at the local and national levels.
This passion points to the election fever having already reached a high pitch with all the strategic positioning, legal maneuverings, word war and massive propaganda by opposing camps.
We may yet see a five-cornered fight in the presidential derby, which, obviously, Noynoy Aquino and his bright heads have systematically undermined with the dated local issues against Vice President Jojo Binay, and then the citizenship issue against Sen. Grace Poe.
Now, the health issue is being pushed against Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, perhaps the most qualified “presidentiable.”
Another element that adds suspense to the whole drama is the possibility that the Comelec may allow a fifth presidential candidate, be it Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte or another President wannabe.
I strongly suspect that the Comelec “will choose” an underdog.
We’ve had some fun over the arrival of somewhat comic “nuisance candidates” during the week of filing of certificates of candidacy but a number of those who filed their COC may not be considered nuisance candidates, at all.
Not just because they are not rich traditional politicians and famous celebrities, they are not qualified and must be dismissed as nuisance candidates.
Some of them do have impressive platforms than many trapos and oligarchs, who have built political dynasties at both local and national levels of our corrupt, dysfunctional and elitist political systems.
In a way, Comelec gets to choose the limited candidates we pick from, possibly nullifying the candidacy of some unknown and ordinary citizens who would have been a great President, Vice President and senators.
We cannot blame some people who would rather boycott what they describe as “sham 2016 elections,” with the controversy over the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines unresolved.
But the entry of Santiago, who has consistently topped social media surveys on people’s preferences for President, boosted the legitimacy of what would have been a great moro-moro (farce) if both Binay and Poe were disqualified.
The ever feisty and fiery senator was quoted as saying she is more fit than Rep. Manny Pacquiao to take on Floyd Mayweather Jr., and ensured a knockout!
Well, fasten your seatbelts and hold on to your seats as we go on a roller-coaster ride leading to the May 9, 2016 polls.
Congratulations to those buzzer-beater registrants who made it to the Comelec rolls last Saturday night.
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