• Comelec sowing chaos – analyst

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    THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is inviting an “upheaval” because of its “suspicious” decision disqualifying Sen. Grace Poe from the presidential race, a political analyst said on Thursday.

    Ramon Casiple, also the executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform (IPER), noted that majority of the members of the commission were members of the ruling Liberal Party (LP).
    He said while he expected the poll body to decide against Poe, the timing of the promulgation of its decision is highly suspect.

    “We cannot blame the people to doubt the Comelec considering that almost all of the commissioners used to be part of the Liberal Party. They are in the inner circle or key people in the party,” Casiple added in an interview.

    The Comelec, he said, is inviting an upheaval before the election, because the electorate will not accept a scenario where they will be forced to choose a candidate based on the decision of the poll body.

    “It will be the end of the Cory days. It has been 30 years since the country underwent a historical change and I think the situation is very ripe for another change and the Comelec is delivering it,” Casiple said.
    a historical change and I think the situation is very ripe for another change and the Comelec is delivering it,” Casiple said.

    He lamented that the commission also undermined the credibility of the election process with its decision on the disqualification cases against Poe.

    Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe, agreed with the analyst.
    Batocabe said the Comelec’s recent move did not earn the agency credibility.

    “If it is true that the Comelec is biased towards one candidate, our democracy is imperiled as our people might lose faith in our electoral system. It is imperative that we should hold honest and credible elections if we want to continue our economic gains because these could not be achieved if we continue disqualifying serious candidates like Senator Poe,” Batocabe, said in a text message.

    Poe is not the only presidential candidate whose presidential run is being questioned.

    Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the standard bearer of the PDP-Laban, is also facing three disqualification cases at the Comelec.
    The complaints filed by Ruben Castor, Radioman Rizalito David, and University of the Philippines student JP Delas Nievas seek to disqualify the tough-talking mayor on grounds that he was not a qualified substitute for PDP-Laban standard bearer Martin Diño.

    Casiple said there is a possibility that the Comelec will also disqualify Duterte.

    Vice President Jejomar Binay, who topped the recent presidential survey conducted by Pulse Asia, is not facing any disqualification case but he was charged with plunder and graft at the Office of the Ombudsman.

    Casiple said there are rumors that the Ombudsman will be filing cases against Binay at the Sandiganbayan next year, a move that may “cripple” the vice president.

    “So it will be Mar Roxas that will be left, since practically speaking, Senator Miriam (Santiago) will not be able to campaign and I don’t think the people will accept such kind of an election,” the analyst said.

    Once the High Court upheld the Comelec’s decision against Poe, Casiple said there will be no stopping the poll body from disqualifying Duterte.

    He said Binay can exploit the situation by getting the votes meant for Poe and Duterte but it is unlikely for the vice president to take advantage of the situation and sacrifice the credibility of the elections.
    “It is only the Comelec that has no intention to do it (maintain credibility). It doesn’t care if the election is fair or not. But the Comelec needs to look at the bigger picture give more importance to the people and not the Liberal Party,” Casiple said.

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    1. The Comelec commissioners seem to be teaching us how the rule of law can be used against the people. “Lest it be left unsaid,” Comelec said, “it is not an easy task to weigh the rule of law as against the voice of men.”
      Maybe the LPs, like the Nazis during the time of Hitler, believe they are a priveleged class.

    2. Mr. Casiple seem to think that the constitutional requirements of a candidate(s) should just be tossed aside for his/her convenience.

    3. this casiple is the one inciting chaos, not comelec. why doesn’t he limit his comments to political analysis, if he’s really one? recent surveys showing the surge of binay and duterte indicate that voters are ready to accept the fate of poe.
      btw, can’t she not wait for her turn in 2022 when she may have cleared everything about her birth?

    4. It’s not the Comelec that is sowing chaos but the camp of Senator Poe!!! The Constitution is supreme and must be upheld regardless of who the candidates are. By Poe’s DQ, the Comelec is just rightly doing its job. The Poe’s DQ has a constitutional basis. What is your problem? Hindi lahat ng tao sa Pilipinas ay tanga para pabayaan na si Roxas ang manalo. Binay can prevail and can still be voted upon and even strongly by the electorate even if he’s eventually jailed by this ruthless and desperate administration. And Miriam can still swing a miracle. God is good and will always make a way for all people of goodwill. Merry Christmas!!!

    5. Who cares about Ramon Casiple. He has been reading the country’s political situation on a wrong premise over and over again. His reading actually smacks of political partisanship.

    6. The Big Liberal Party Demolition Machine is working full time to bring about one-party rule in the Philippines.

    7. Why does Casiple consider Poe’s disqualification suspicious? Can he present evidence that Poe’s father or mother is a Filipino and that she fully complied with the 10-year residencty requirement to be eligible for a presidential candidate? As Director of IPER, he should be objective but evidently he is against the Liberal Party. And he cals all the years since Cory took over from Marcos Cory days. Including Ramos, Erap and GMA’s presidency. Where is his credibility. It does not mean that people appointed by the President, whether Comelec members or Supremee Court justices can not be independent or think on their own.

      If Duterte is disqualified, it is his own fault and nobody else for dilly dallying and not filing before the deadline. We’ll end up with Binay, Roxas and Santiago as candidates and the electorate has just to chose who the next president will be.

      • apolonio reyes on

        Mr. Ramon Casiple, its the politicians, their symphatizers, party mates, media and political analyst that is sowing chaos because all of you have HIDDEN AGENDAS WHEN YOUR MAN IS ELECTED EITHER BY APPOINTMENT IN JUICY POSITIONS, FINANACIAL GAINS OR BY FAVORS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND RELATIVES.
        Mr. Casiple, if people like you will only ACCEPT AND DEFEND our 1987 CONSTITUTION WHERE IT IS CLEARLY STATED IN ART. IV, SEC 2 ” THAT A NATURAL BORN CITIZENS OF THE PHILIPPINE AS THOSE WHO ARE CITIZEN OF THE PHILIPPINES FROM BIRTH WITHOUT HAVING TO PERFORM ANY ACT TO ACQUIRE OR PERFECT THEIR PHILIPPINE CITIZENSHIP “, THERE WILL NO PEOPLE THAT WILL QUESTION THE QULIFICATION OF GRACE NATIVIDAD POE LLAMANZARES, “NA PINIPILIT NA ISUBO SA TAO ANG MALI”, COMELEC WILL NOT HAVE ANY PROBLEM.
        I AM NOT A LAWYER LIKE YOU MR. RAMON CASIPLE BUT WHAT I UNDERSTAND IS GRACE POE LLAMANZARES, CHIZ AND HIS LAWYERS HAVE GONE TO THE COMELEC AND THIS MONDAY TO THE SUPREME COURT TO PERFORM AN ACT TO ACQUIRE OR PERFECT HER PHILIPPINE CITIZENSHIP.
        WHY IS IT THAT DUTERTE, BINAY, SANTIAGO OR EVEN ROXAS, WHO LIVED PART OF HIS LIFE IN THE US BUT DID NOT APPLY FOR US CITIZENSHIP, HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THE COMELEC AND IT IS ONLY GRACE POE LLAMANZARES? WHO I BELIEVE IS CAUSING CHAOS IN THE COUNTRY. DI BA MR. CASIPLE?

    8. Kaya nga sila inilagay ni Aquino at ng yellow sa puwesto para trabahuhin ang noon pang plano,
      Makakapal ang lahat ng pagmunukha ng lahat ng L.P. At mga ganid na yellow!

    9. Mr. Casiple seems to suggest to set aside the constitutional requirements and just let the people decide. I still believe that the Philippines is still a country of laws and we should guard against those who are advocating the rule of the mob. Keep in mind that the next president must pledge to uphold, preserve and defend the constitution.

    10. Nice comment, Mr Casiple, first, you blame Mar Roxas and the Liberal Party as well as Binay Camp and Tiangco who are the brain of DQ case against Grace Poe, now you are blaming the Comelec on the decision that is not favorable to you, the next one, I believe is the SC if they will not grant restraining order on Comelec decision, who’s next God. What you are trying to do is to correct the wrong, she’s not really qualified because for she is not telling the truth issue. Your last resort is to gather all Grace Poe’s follower including “LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE” in the name of Ramos, Panganiban and others who are trying to ride in Grace popularity for political ambition, and go to Luneta and protest Comelec decision, Instead of “ngawa ng ngawa
      filipinos bad habit if they were not able to get what they want, march and protest if you really have the numbers or just shut up para kayoing mga hindi lalakwe.

    11. I think Ramon Casiple is introducing the element of instability himself by undermining the credibility of the COMELEC decision which is based on Constitutional grounds. While he deplores the supposed bias toward the liberal party he also in effect speaks with palpable bias for the Poe candidacy. His statements in effect incite the followers of Poe towards civil revolt in defiance of Constitutional Rules.

      It is to be noted that while in a ‘forked tongue’ manner he agrees with the basis for the disqualification of Poe he ‘questions’ the timing of the promulgation as though it was in the power of the COMELEC to postpone Christmas or prevent the rise and fall of the tides.

      His comments should be seen in ‘camera’ and should be mostly considered as the huffing and puffing of a bad wolf forcing the three little pigs out of the safety of their ‘Constitutional’ house.

    12. If the liberal party’s candidate will win this election , threre will be havoc, since their candidate is at the botom of the survey..if the liberal party candidate become the president Pinoy will escape from being charge for corruption and abuse of power.