By Neal H. Cruz
The defect in the proclamation of the winning senatorial candidates has been corrected, according to election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, who criticized the proclamation soon after the first six senators were proclaimed. Macalintal was one of the three guests at the Kapihan sa Manila at the Diamond Hotel last Monday. The two others were Dr. Honorata L. Catibog, director of the Department of Health’s National Center for Disease Prevention and Control, and Dr. Anthony P. Calibo, also of the same center and a specialist in the care of the newborn.
United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial candidate Nancy Binay has been skipping the senatorial fora sponsored by media networks and other election NGOs. This appears to be a deliberate strategy of her campaign to shield her from closer and deeper public scrutiny, inasmuch as she is obviously incapable of articulating policy positions on the various national issues confronting our country. It is also quite obvious that she does not possess the credentials, the intelligence, the training, the discipline and the skills necessary to engage other candidates in a public debate on any of the important public policy issues of the day.
The latest Social Weather Stations survey hints at an electoral landscape in a wild flux. Just last January, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) candidate Jack Enrile, son of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, was riding high in the poll with a 46-percent rating, ranking 8-9 in the senatorial derby. Now he’s down to rank 13, with a 38-percent survey rating.
First, let me greet everybody with the note that I subscribe to the Inquirer specifically for its content on the editorial and opinion pages. The generally morbid, gory details of the news can be had anywhere. So on Feb. 14, just like any morning, I opened the pages of the Inquirer but found, to my dismay, the editorial titled “Unqualified.”
My first reaction was to simply ignore the Inquirer’s Valentine’s Day editorial, which was devoted to me, even if it was hurtful.
Of the 33 candidates for the Senate, only one has no achievements to speak of, no accomplishments to her name. Nancy Binay has not served in an elective or appointive office; she has not run a company or a nongovernment organization; and until very recently, she has not championed a public-oriented advocacy or taken a [...]