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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 [...]
By Neal H. Cruz
It would be interesting to see who of the two contending parties for the position of representative of Marinduque would be accepted by the House of Representatives during the opening of Congress today to hear the State of the Nation Address of President Aquino. Regina Ongsiako Reyes won by 4,000 votes over Lord Allan Jay Velasco in the May elections. She has already taken her oath of office before Speaker Feliciano Belmonte.
By Rina Jimenez-David
It seems to be a “constitutional crisis” of its own making. By voting to uphold a ruling of the Commission on Elections annulling the proclamation of Regina Ongsiako Reyes as representative of Marinduque, the Supreme Court has placed itself and the poll body in a direct confrontation with the legislature, specifically the House of Representatives.
Neal Cruz’s story about a noncandidate winning as mayor of Calbiga in Samar (Opinion, Inquirer, 5/29/13) has taken a more disgusting twist. Despite a May 3, 2013 Commission on Elections en banc decision canceling his candidacy and his highly questionable proclamation by the municipal board of canvassers (MBOC), American passport holder Nick Abaigar, Liberal Party candidate, has taken over the mayor’s office, except that he can’t complete any financial transaction as he can’t show the banks a certificate from the Department of Interior and Local Government confirming him as the legitimate mayor. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas is apparently holding back, given the June 18 Comelec writ of execution directing him, among other officials, to immediately implement it. Record shows Abaigar refused to receive the copy of the writ served him by the local Comelec.
By Artemio V. Panganiban
Former president Joseph Ejercito Estrada won the mayoralty race in Manila. The Commission on Elections proclaimed him the winner, and his opponent, Alfredo Lim, publicly conceded his victory. In fact, he will take his oath and assume office this noon. However, a legal challenge earlier dismissed by the Comelec may have gained some traction due to a very recent en banc jurisprudence, Comelec vs Jalosjos.
By Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas S. J.
Buhay and An Waray partylist groups are being stripped by the Commission on Elections of congressional seats already awarded to them. The seats are being reserved instead for the Senior Citizens party-list group. Understandably Buhay and An Waray are crying foul. What will happen to them?
By Antonio Montalvan II
The hypothesis, nay, the generally favored conclusion, is that there was no Catholic vote in the last elections. The point has been belabored in several commentaries.
By Bobby M. Tuazon
The May 13 elections went like a roller-coaster gone awry. It blasted off squeakily, accelerated as knots and bolts snapped, took a loop (bumping off riders), then halted in its tracks. Something was amiss: an error in the operating computers, absence of safety devices, power outage. Unruffled, the operator called it a perfect ride.