Sunday, May 20, 2007 [ 5:12 AM ]


The people finally voted. Except for some disenfranchisement, the Filipino voters have already expressed their opinion on every controversy and issues that swirled the country since 2005. Based on the latest Namfrel quick count and to the conducted Exit polls of pulse asia together with the media counts, it is obvious that the people voted against the administration.

In the past two years, the people wanted to speak and wanted to be heard. They want to tell their opinion on all the issues, and they saw this past election as a venue to do so. Call it referendum for the President or whatever, but it is obvious that this election has been the evaluation of Mrs.Arroyo. Do they trust the President? No because if they do they would have voted for the people she endorsed. Do the people support her efforts to push for Charter Change? No because if they do they would have voted for Prospero Pichay and the Team Unity bets who were very vocal on their desire to abolish the Senate.

The people want to say that they trust the opposition more than the administration allies. This can be proved by the rankings of Chiz Escudero and Mike Defensor. These two gentlemen stood firm in their positions in all the controversies the Arroyo administration faced. They represented both ends of the pole, Escudero being the critic and Defensor being GMA’s defender. If before they represent left and right, now they are top and bottom.

The people in the past years kept quiet and patiently waited. They didn’t support the calls for revolution and they trusted the system. They saw how the impeachment process was trashed but still they waited. They hoped for the Senate investigation to push through but EO 464 was issued. But despite of that they waited. The people exhausted and trusted every legal procedure to know the truth and to make the guilty accountable. But nothing happened. Now that there is a chance for their voices to be heard and to let the administration know what they want, they grabbed that chance.

In the latest Namfrel count, eight genuine opposition candidates made it to the magic 12, two from team unity and two independent candidates. The non-GO who so far is on magic 12 are Joker Arroyo, Ed Angara, Francis Pangilinan and Gringo Honasan. Four people who can stand against GMA anytime of the day. But even with this result, I still think the administration should be thankful, because it will be better for them that the people released their grievances through their votes than in other extra-constitutional way.

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Just last week we were again reminded that our lives are not really ours. Yoyoy Villame and Kuya Cesar Nucum, legends on their own fields, died of heart attack. My condolences for their families.


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