MAGANES: Post election blues
The automated election using the voters’ counting machine (VCM) did not in a way ended speculations that there were fraudulent manipulations on the results of the election.
While the president and vice president are yet to be proclaimed by the Senate and Commission on Election (Comelec) sitting as National Board of Canvassers (NBC), there is now a move by the camp of vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to file a complaint against the Comelec owing to the inconsistencies of votes in the count being undertaken by the Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PCRV) in its “operation quick count”. Vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo of the Liberal Party is said to be leading in the count but Marcos’ camp couldn’t take the result, so it is busy accumulating pieces of evidence to prove that there were indeed manipulations of the election results.
I surmised that the camp of Marcos is doing it prematurely. The “operation quick count” is not the official source of data on who win the presidency and vice presidency. It is only the canvassing of the NBC count that is official, during which representatives from the camps of the presidential and vice presidential candidates are present. The canvassing will still start on May 25, so at this point in time there is no need to lodge electoral protests.
The presidency is a different thing. Presumptive president-elect Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte has enormously leaped his gap among the presidentiables by at least seven million votes, thus his political opponents have conceded early. Senator Grace Poe was the first to concede followed by Liberal Party presidential bet Mar Roxas II and Vice President Jejomar Binay. By conceding early, there’s no reason to question the results of the election. Duterte has yet to wait for the formal proclamation of his victory at the polls, but then he has also to prepare for the smooth transition of power from outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III.
Whatever the result for the vice presidency, we have to respect the will of the electorates. While the contending camps have the right to question the results, they have to do it through legal actions sans rallies and other forms of protests.
Last May 19, Comelec proclaimed the 12 senators and 46 partylists.
The 12 senators who were proclaimed are Franklin Drilon, Joel Villanueva, Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, Panfilo Lacson, Richard Gordon, Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri, Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, Francis Pangilinan, Risa Hontiveros, Sherwin Gatchalian, Sen. Ralph Recto and Leila De Lima. They will serve until noon of June 30, 2022 or for six years.
The 46 partylists are: Ako Bicol(3 seats), Gabriela (2 seats), 1Pacman (2 seats), ACT Teachers (2 seats), Senior Citizens (2 seats), Kabayan (2 seats), Agri (2 seats),PBA (2 seats), Buhay (2 seats), Abono (2 seats), AMIN (2 seats), COOP-NATCCO (2 seats).
With one seat each are: Akbayan, Bayan Muna, Agap, An Waray, CIBAC, AAMBIS-OWA, Kalinga, A Teacher, YACAP, DIWA, TUCP, Abang Lingkod, LPGMA, ALONA, 1-Sagip, Butil, Acts-OFW, Anakpawis, Ang Kabuhayan, Angkla, MATA, 1-CARE, ANAC-IP, ABS, Kabataan, BH, AASENSO, SBP, Magdalo, 1-Ang Edukasyon, Manila Teachers, Kusug Tausug, Aangat Tayo and Agbiag!
The winning partylists will serve for three years until June 30, 2019 and will occupy 59 seats at the House of Representatives.
For the fourth time, Abono Partylist made it! Of course, National Chair Rosendo O. So has the wides smile because of the feat of the Partylist at the polls. Together with its President Librada “Leny” Flores, Rep. Conrad M. Estrella III and outgoing Rep. Francisco “Pacoy” Ortega III of La Union, who will be replaced by his wife, he worked hard in order for the Abono Partylist to win again. To be number 10 among hundreds of Partylist is no mean feat.
While commuting going to Dagupan City the other day, I was amused of the conversation of two male passengers who were seated behind me. They were giggling saying that during the last election in Pangasinan, the people were feted to a “Pakurong Festival.”
“Pakurong” is a Pangasinan colloquial word for “vote buying”.
They were comparing notes. The other passenger said he got P1,500 in the morning of May 8 while the other said he got P2,400 – P1,500 in the morning of same day and another P900 in the afternoon from motorcycle riding men who were doling out P300 per voter. I overheard him saying that by telling they are three voters in the family, the P900 was given instantly, with three- 100 peso crisp bills stapled together.
What I could do at that moment was just to shake off my head with matching “Tsk, tsk, tsk”. They were still laughing as they alighted from the bus as if what they have done was the best thing to do during election.
Electorates are no longer after the dignity and sanctity of suffrage.Election was associated with “vote buying”. Politicians who are moneyed are still the ones to be favored during election time. Never mind if those politicians will implement projects and programs during their term of office. As long as they could accumulate money to be used in “vote buying” during election, their victories at the polls will be certain.
I sighed recalling that incident. Indeed, Pangasinan has already been sold to the unscrupulous politicians. We are doomed as a people.
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