A Question on COMELEC’s Credibility

A Question on COMELEC’s Credibility

by Apolinario Villalobos

In the Philippines, it is disheartening to note that offenses are seemed tolerated or allowed to circumvent laws. Also, despite the strong indications of misdeeds, these are let pass due to the absence of laws, but no effort is being made for their formulation.

For instance, the obvious and early campaigning of those who are interested to run during the 2016 election is not considered an offense against electioneering because they have not filed their respective candidacy, yet, and what they are doing is not within the campaign period. How can the Commission on Election be so naïve not to understand what is happening, when even an ordinary Filipino knows that what these people are doing is plain and simple campaigning?

If COMELEC has to maintain its image as “guardian” of honest elections in the country, why can’t it come up with a policy or enhance its already existing ones to put a stop to the mentioned fraudulent practice which is making a fool of the Filipino people? How can COMELEC maintain obsolete rules that tolerate unbecoming practices that smack of deception?

The Filipinos also cannot understand why the COMELEC fail to come up with their judgments against erring overspending candidates immediately after every election when all that its people need to do is tabulate the expenses of candidates to check the total against what is allowed. To say that they are undermanned is foolishness, as this kind of hectic activity is anticipated, hence, budget for such is supposed to be appropriated for contracting auditors which is necessary. What is irritating is that their findings are released as the questioned officials are nearing the end of their term!…or when another election is forthcoming! Worst, COMELEC waits for an interested party to lodge a complaint before conducting an investigation, when it is holding on to the basis for election frauds! If that is the rule, why not change it?

Finally, while the COMELEC as an agency has a mandate, the big question is if the people who are administering it are capable and trustworthy!

Mapapagkatiwalaan pa ba ang COMELEC?

Mapapagkatiwalaan pa ba ang COMELEC?
Ni Apolinario Villalobos

Ang Commission on Election (COMELEC) ay itinuturing na tagapamahala ng pinakamakapangyarihang karapatan nating mga Pilipino – ang pagboto. Ang ganitong kapangyarihan ay naipapatupad lamang natin tuwing panahon ng eleksiyon kung kaylan ay pumipili tayo ng mga iluluklok sa mga puwesto.

Subalit ang nakakalungkot, itong ahensiya na inaasahan at pinagkakatiwalaan natin ay ilang beses nang ginamit ng mga tiwaling presidente, at hanggang sa kasalukuyan ay wala pa ring napaparusahan….napo-promote pa. Magkaputukan man ng mga balita tungkol sa mga gamitang ito…hanggang doon na lang. Kunwari ay may magsasalitang mga mambabatas at mga opisyal, pagkatapos ay susundan na ng katahimikan. May mga “resulta” at “naipapatupad” tulad nang nangyari kay Coco Pimentel. Subalit, walang ginawa ang COMELEC sa mga tauhan nitong gumawa ng katiwalian…nandiyan pa rin sa mga puwesto nila.

Ang malaking eskandalo ng botohan nang tumakbo si Fernando Poe, Jr. ay sumentro sa “Hello Garci” scandal. Na-zero si Fernando Poe sa mga Muslim communities, isang napaka-imposibleng pangyayari at nakakatawa, dahil idolo ng mga Muslim ang actor. Ang gumawa ng pandaraya ay hindi gumamit ng isip niya, kaya madaling nabisto. Wala na ang military na si “Garci”, subalit ang taga-COMELEC ay nandiyan pa rin, at na-promote pa daw.

Kung ibabatay sa kasaysayan, lumalabas na balot ang ahensiya ng mga eskandalo, subalit ang nakaupong presidente ay walang ginagawa tungkol dito. Bakit? …anything can happen.

Matagal nang isyu ang mga computer at sistema na ginagamit sa eleksiyon, subalit hanggang ngayon ay parang wala pa ring malinaw na direksiyon. Bakit?…anything can happen.

Dahil sa kagustuhan ng sambayanang Pilipino na magkaroon ng eleksiyon, kung sakaling walang mapipiling kumpanya ng computer na magagamit dahil talaga namang gahol na sa panahon, siguradong gagawa ng “remedyo”, matuloy lang ang elesksiyon….yan ang nakakapangamba dahil “magagamit” na naman ang COMELEC…. “mauutusan”na naman! Siguradong may mabubusalan na naman ng pera!….talagang sa Pinas, anything can happen!