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Vol. VII, No. 5      March 4 - 10, 2007      Quezon City, Philippines

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SALUNGGUHIT

By Flon Faurillo / Bulatlat

Ill Foreboding

This early, there are signs which raise doubts as to whether the coming elections are going to be clean and honest, as promised by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Arroyo administration. We have no less than Comelec chairman Benjamin Abalos announcing that the poll body is considering naming Kampi – which is Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s party – as “the dominant minority party,” thereby depriving the Genuine Opposition of a copy of election returns. There was the filing of candidacy for the Senate by a certain Jose Peter Cayetano, whose name sounds strikingly similar to that of senatorial candidate Alan Peter Cayetano – a similarity that could cause confusion and manipulation at the polls. There are the baseless disqualification bids against the progressive party-list groups Bayan Muna (People First), Anakpawis (Toiling Masses), and the Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) by two women claiming to be members of rival party-list group Akbayan. All these plots forebode foul play in this year’s senatorial and local elections and could aggravate the legitimacy crisis that has hounded the Arroyo administration since the May 2004 polls.

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