Editorials and analysis
Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010
Malaya editorial: An untested system?
YESTERDAY’S Supreme Court directive to the Commission on Elections to disclose the results of the independent review of the programming of the automated election system could shred whatever remaining credibility the election body has. Whether the credibility of the Monday’s elections would also be shattered – as that of the Comelec potentially would – is logically the next question.
Phil. Star: About-face
After several weeks of being pilloried in public for exonerating two members of the Ampatuan clan for the Maguindanao massacre, Justice Secretary Alberto Agra reversed his own resolution this week. Explaining the reversal, Agra cited the surfacing of another witness, who corroborated the story of a clan conspiracy that led to the killing of 57 people on Nov. 23 last year.
Via Phil. Star
Inquirer: 30 percent not enough
THE INITIAL REPORTS FROM THE PARTIAL resumption of the field testing of the voting machines, this time with the new compact flash memory cards, seem positive. For instance, one precinct in Parañaque City on Thursday yielded “perfect” results, while another one managed to do so after a computer technician restarted the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine. But these results are an outright plus only in contrast to the spectacular failure of all voting machines tested last Monday. That the tests are resuming mere days before the elections remains a matter of great public concern.
Daily Tribune: Works of evil
A string of disturbing events has occurred the last few days that points to what every Filipino earlier believed in the back of his mind will not happen on Monday, the national elections.
Yesterday, Gloria convened the Cabinet to take up the no elections scenario supposedly as a consequence of glitches in the memory cards of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines
Via Daily Tribune
Analysis By Amando Doronila
THE MOST UNSETTLING DEVELOPMENT THAT occurred barely a week before the election was the crude announcement of President Macapagal-Arroyo’s election lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, seeking postponement of the May election for 15 days as a step to avert a failure of elections.