If the US delayed proclaiming the winner of the 2000 presidential elections for weeks because of questions in the vote count in Florida, HINDI RIN BA NATIN PWEDENG GAWIN YAN?!?!?
RE the fears of admin senators na made-delay ang vote count... couldn't they appoint or hire additional clerks to count and calculate the returns... AS MANY AS NEEDED to expedite the counting???? PROBLEMA BA YAN?
Hindi ba sa 2000 US elections, ganyan rin ang ginawa nila. They hired many volunteers just to help with the vote count (those ballots w/ chads).
Sa nakikita ko, the reasons given by the admin senators are very weak and are just excuses to avoid double-checking the COCs (maybe they know something we don't?)... na parang hindi nila sineseryoso ang CREDIBILIDAD NG ELEKSYON NA ITO... na getting the CORRECT RESULT is LESS IMPORTANT THAN PROCLAIMING GMA PRESIDENT as quickly as possible.
In these divisive times, you want to do everything you can to assure the public na TRANSPARENT at CREDIBLE ang eleksyon. It seems Malacanang is DOING THE OPPOSITE of that.
I say, do whatever is necessary to make the tallying of votes as credible and as transparent as possible. Hire as many people to help in the canvassing if necessary.
BUT DON'T allow the administration to railroad the process.
Pati si Neal Cruz disappointed sa nangyayari sa Kongreso.
Despite heroic efforts of the outnumbered opposition to propose amendments to make the canvassing rules fairer, Congress voted down almost all of these proposals. Result: the rules approved were almost the same as those originally proposed by the sponsors. There was little change to make them fairer and prevent the congressional railroad from proclaiming the wrong "winner."
The congressional leadership humored the opposition by allowing them to talk their heads off until well past midnight, knowing that when it came to voting, the administration would have the numbers to defeat the opposition. Every time an amendment was proposed, the Senate and House sponsors of the rules, both pro-administration legislators, gave the same answers: "The sponsors reject the amendments." When the issue was brought to the plenary for voting, the "nays" always won because of the tyranny of numbers.
I found the proposed amendments sensible and they would have prevented railroading. They would have done the whole process no harm, and would have provided it with credibility and transparency. But the proposed amendments were all voted down. No wonder the opposition is afraid the administration would railroad the proclamation of President Macapagal-Arroyo.
Read it all.
and last but not the least, Joker Arroyo. He's is by far the biggest disappointment of all. I'll let Dean Jorge Bocobo do the honors:
Joker's Casuistry: Who can forget the role that Joker played in the impeachment trial of Erap Estrada--how he eloquently made the case for the public's need to know the truth about their President, and thus laid the predicate for Edsa Dos when the Craven Eleven made their move to suppress something called the Second Envelope. Now he is become craven himself at the awesome reality that another president must have her ambition, must have her victory. So the attitude of Joker, so twisted from his real nature, or reflective of it--how is one to tell?--is to hear no evil, to dun any deviation from the foreordained plan of the canvass. Shame on you sir, thou vile HYPOCRITE!