I am writing you in the name of the million members of the Senior Citizens Party-list which was duly accredited, qualified and voted into Congress in the last elections.
A tenuous one-vote majority in a divided Court can trump a 3,000-plus lead in congressional elections? Why not indeed if the Court’s decision is based on well-settled constitutional principles? But, the dissenting justices strongly argued, the Court was actually flouting time-honored doctrine, an “unusual approach and strained ruling,” said dissenting Justice Arturo Brion, via a summary decision that would benefit the son of one of its members. The Court, Brion said, “out of [a] sense of delicadeza … should at least hear and consider both sides before making a ruling that would favor the son of a Member of the Court.”
When I was in Aparri to cast my vote during the barangay (village) elections, my elder brother Rogelio Tamayo Jr. and his wife Mary Anne De Mesa Tamayo told me that they were not allowed to vote by the Commission on Elections.
By Domingo D. Bacsal Jr.
Three essentially similar election cases puzzle profoundly. In each of them the Commission on Elections cuts as many different, if not directly conflicting, figures. In one, it looks like a company supervisor lost in a corporate maze where his words carry no weight and everybody takes him no better than a nobody. In another, it comes forth as a strong, purposive ruler, in control of the situation and quick to make decisions, like a real leader should. But then in the next breath, it behaves like a captain of a boat lost at sea, seeming not to care with what’s happening.
In his July 18 column, Conrado de Quiros wrote: “During the last elections, only the senatorial candidates of Ang Kapatiran Party spoke out against it. They were Rizalito David, Marwil Llasos, and JC de los Reyes, and what they found execrable was the pork barrel. No other candidates, from left to right, did so…. If [...]