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Junking the post-poll scenarios EDITORIAL 03/23/2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Junking the post-poll scenarios

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Even if a new Senate president is elected before June 30, 2010, purportedly to stave off a junta by having a legitimate constitutional successor to vacancies created in the offices of the President and Vice President, due to a failure of elections, there really is nothing that a new Senate president, as the acting president, can do to stop the junta from being established. This was already proved in 1972, when then President Ferdinand Marcos staged a Palace-military coup and reinstalled himself as President under a martial law regime.

The military, as well as the police force, can be called to action by Gloria, as their still Commander in Chief to prevent or suppress lawless violence, and this can come about should the automated polls fail. But to establish a junta is another thing altogether, mainly because even if elections fail, the fact remains that Gloria will still be the Malacañang occupant until June 30, 2010, Noli de Castro will still be the Vice President until June 30, 2010, Juan Ponce Enrile will still be Senate President and Prospero Nograles will still be the Speaker until June 30, 2010.

Stated differently, there will be no leadership vacuum as far as constitutional succession goes, simply because all these constitutional successors will be in place — at least until June 30, 2010..... MORE

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