Business groups oppose election postponement
Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010
MANILA, Philippines — Business groups are staunchly opposing even the notion of postponing the national elections, saying any delay will just provide “new opportunities for mischief.’’
In a statement, the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines, Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines, and Philippine Bar Association said there was no assurance that postponing the elections would correct whatever errors needed correcting at this point.
If anything, a delay would just create more uncertainty and possibly more chances to do some hocus pocus, the businessmen warned.
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Roxas bares pressure to postpone elections
Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II Wednesday said he had received reports that “high-ranking officials both from the (ruling) political (party) and the Executive” had called Comelec officials to pressure them to postpone Monday’s elections.
In a press conference, Roxas urged Comelec officials to keep a record of the alleged phone calls so that these Palace officials could be exposed.
“Information coming from our sources in the Comelec show that high-ranking officials from Malacañang are calling Comelec commissioners to influence their deliberations on whether the elections should be postponed,” he added.