Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010
THERE’S THE RUB
By Conrado de Quiros
THE SENSATION WAS TRULY LIKE HAVING spun back in time and reliving 1972 all over again. That was what I felt last Monday after Malacañang’s spokespersons went into overdrive to assure the public that fears of a failure of election, and worse an extension of GMA’s rule, all resided in the mind of her critics and that she herself was bent on leaving at the end of her term.
Those assurances came in the wake of public furor over the Supreme Court’s ruling exempting GMA from the ban on midnight appointments, allowing her specifically to name the new chief justice. A development that clinched it in the minds of those who had gotten anxious about the way the elections, the first automated elections in the history of the country, were going, which was nowhere. If those elections turn out to be a mess, sparking more strident denunciations of cheating than have hitherto been known, the President can declare a failure, and supported by a new chief justice make it stick.
Click Conrado de Quiros.