Monday, January 25, 2010

Sugarless Coffee

My cartoon on the oil price says it all. I would not say more. One of the issues that greeted us these past days was the decision of the Commission on Elections on former Pres. Erap’s disqualification case. I mean, the COMELEC scrapped it stressing that it would be best if we or they would let the people decide on Erap’s fate as one of the presidential candidates come May 2010 elections.

Erap was dethroned from the Malacañang in 2001 via EDSA people power 2 and was incarcerated for 6 years because following a plunder charge. But Gloria Macapagal Arroyo pardoned him. For their parts, former Pres. Cory Aquino and the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) apologized to Erap for their role in Edsa 2.

It appeared that the COMELEC only emulated their acts. But some quarters saw this as an act of hand-washing in the face of legal opinion that he could not run because of a constitutional provision disallowing president from running again. Well, that’s one side of the issue. Perhaps, the loophole there is that Erap never completed his term. Can you count that as complete? I don't know. Erap is still popular all this time but whether that would translate into electoral victory, we are not sure.

Political surveys showed that he is not yet out. According to the Social Weather Station that conducted the survey last year, Erap came third (15%) next to Noynoy Aquino III (44%) and Manny Villar (33%). But that was last year’s results when Erap was facing political uncertainty. But the COMELEC's decision would boost Erap’s rating. Let us see if that will happen in the next reputable surveys.