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Protectors of the status quo NO HOLDS BARRED Armida Siguion-Reyna 02/02/2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Protectors of the status quo



NO HOLDS BARRED
Armida Siguion-Reyna
02/02/2010

Within the week of the Senate wars, there was time for the congressional oversight committee on poll automation co-headed by Sen. Francis Escudero and Rep. Teodoro Locsin Jr. to meet on Jan. 27, 2010. During the proceedings, the TV cameras accidentally picked up people in the background, among them Bayan Secretary-General and spokesman Nato Reyes, Bayan chairman Carol Araullo, Fr. Joe Dizon of Kontra-Daya, Concerned Citizens Movement representatives Bettina Legarda and Henry Kahn, as well as others whom I can’t specifically remember. Suffice it to say the truly involved were there, while I didn’t see any of the doomsday theorists.

Who are they, you ask? Well, there’s one in every neighborhood, coffee shop cluster, whatever umpukan that gather around to discuss the automated elections system and if at all it will push through. It’s easy to spot them, male bellyachers who speak as if only they know what’s going on, and only they are up-to-date, as they with full authority declare: “Hindi matutuloy ang AES. Babalik sa manual counting, magkakadayaan like never before, there will be failure of elections, so si Gloria Arroyo pa rin ang presidente.”.... MORE


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