21 Jun #DoubleStandards

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JUAN SAYS: This puzzled us last week. We were waiting for the “burgis” set to say something about the Liberal Party’s failure to meet the SOCE filing deadline, the COMELEC’s ruling on it, and how it was brushed aside by the yellows. How can any “educated” person not see through this? Why do we continuously miss out on the more important issues, and instead focus our attention on the more shallow issues? Sabi nga sa pelikulang “Pasan ko ang Daigdig,” – Niloloko ka na ng harap-harapan! Pero wala talaga tayong paki-alam.

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The battles we choose to fight, reflect the kind of people we are. And in this case, it only says one thing about us. We comment on issues that we know whole heartedly and many times these issues are irrelevant. Women’s rights trample over our right to make our votes counted, is not exactly a good measuring stick for maturity. Pucha, nakalaklak tayo ng kababawan. At ang mas matindi dito, pinapakita natin sa mundo kung gaano tayo kababaw!

But if you care to know, here is why we should be concerned about the late-filing/non-filing of the SOCE.

Commentary by Atty. Bruce Villafuerte:

Sabi ng iba, by requiring the submission of the SOCE on a certain period and disqualifying the candidate for failure to file same is unconstitutional on the part of the COMELEC because it added a qualification for office of the President, VP and Senators.

So, let me get this straight: it is okey for a party to overspend during elections because filing of a SOCE should not be a qualification. So, how will the COMELEC now be able to exercise its mandate to ensure the conduct of a free, peaceful and honest elections if they will promulgate rules on limiting election expenses and providing for penalties thereof and the same will be considered an additional qualification thus, unconstitutional. Kasi nga naman, ang qualifications ay natural-born Filipino (kahit naging Amerikano na and back), able to read and write, at least 40 years of age, of good moral character, a registered voter and a resident for 10 years. Hindi daw kasama ang “must be able to file the SOCE within the period prescribed by law”.

If that is the argument, eh di sana tinanggal niyo na lang ang COMELEC sa Saligang Batas kasi wala din naman pala silang silbi. Wala na silang karapatan na magcancel ng COC kahit pa American citizen ang tumakbo kasi kailangan may korte na magsabi before nila pwede gawin yun. Ngayon, sinasabi ninyo na hindi na sila pwede gumawa ng rules ukol sa pagsubmit ng SOCE at parusahan ang hindi makapagcomply nito kasi dinadagdagan ng COMELEC ang qualifications. At mas importante na binoto ng majority ang isang tao, kahit nag-overspend sila at nagpaulan ng pera, binili ang media, binayaran ang dapat bayaran para masiguro ang pagkapanalo nito. Na hindi pwede i-disqualify kasi binoto ng majority. Pagmultahin lang kung ganun kahit pandadaya pa din yun?!

Sumasakit ang ulo ko sa mga palusot ninyo ha.

Bruce Villafuerte Rivera, worth it ba talaga itong bansang pinaglalaban mo?

 

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