You may wish to read Christian Monsod’s speech on the importance of the 2007 elections, which also defines the organizational position and advocacy of One Voice in the coming polls (as distinguished from whatever advocacy individual members are free to adopt). He enumerates how many groups are coming together to try to keep the coming elections fair, relatively honest, and credible.
Personally, I support Halalang Marangal and I hope you’ll take the time to look at its website, read its primer, and lend it your support as a volunteer. The organization has been in the news with the decision of a former Comelec commissioner to join its ranks.
Whether pro or anti administration, or simply neutral, I think we can all agree that the country cannot afford another controversial election.
That being said, the recent Comelec fire, with its slew of stories, insinuations, allegations, demands, and so on, combined with other recent events as pointed out by Tony Abaya, augurs ill for the coming polls:
My sense is that the burning of the Comelec building and the hanky-panky in the premises of the printing office are tied together in ways that are not yet clear at present. And it shows to me that the Evil Genius who masterminded the cheating in the 1992 and 2004 presidential elections is hard at work in 2007.
I don’t know if his advocacy, to postpone the elections, is possible.
In the news, the Philippine Star finally breaks the news of a blog that’s gained notoriety; Newsbreak carries details on the allegations the blog published about the President’s husband, and how far it got in pursuing the story. Uniffors concludes the administration is reaping what it sowed. Jove Francisco provides a newsman’s perspective on the probable Palace response -duck and cover.
Much scuttlebutt on whether or not Cesar Montano will withdraw from the senate race. Debate between administration and opposition senatorial bets may take place under the auspices of businessmen tomorrow. The opposition announces 100 candidates to contest local races.
The President’s favorite Jesuit hits her own secretary of Agrarian Reform.
Businessmen rate corruption in the Asean region (the Philippines continues to sink in the estimation of such people); most interesting is how Singapore is coming to realize that emerging as a haven for the bank accounts of thieving regional officials, may be counterproductive.
In the punditocracy, a powerful and thought-provoking Business Mirror editorial on OFW’s and how their contributions are being downplayed officially. The editorial also heaps scorn on those who wish there wasn’t massive emigration or opportunities for overseas work, so that a revolution would take place. See The Filipino Mind also (a point of view criticized by the editorial).
The Inquirer editorial focuses on the administration’s plan to wipe out the party list parties of the Left. See the entry of Achieving Happiness on Rep. Crispin Beltran finally getting a court pass to file his candidacy.
In the blogosphere, don’t miss Ilolio City Boy’s account, see part 1 and part 2, of his wife’s incarceration at the behest of the President’s husband. On a sort of related note, A Nagueño in the Blogosphere on the slowness of government.
The Bystander and Point of Information are concerned over developments concerning the coming elections. An OFW in Hong Kong quotes Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. You absolutely must check out the hilarious animation on the Comelec fire in My Pinoy Humor Blog (click the “view hidden message” link).
Other Ambiguities is puzzled by the manner in which the police barged into Rep. Satur Ocampo’s residence.
another hundred years hence considers the present ballot insane (the insanity begins with synchronized elections?). I am still skeptical about atomizing the electorate too much, though.