Leftwing militants: “Is Melo toeing Palace no-election line?

Leftwing activists belonging to fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Friday questioned the motive of Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Jose Melo in raising the no-election scenario in case losing bidders sue the poll body over the P 11.3 billion automation contract for next year’s election.

“Is Melo toeing the Palace no-election line? His nightmare might be exploited by Malacañang into a wonderful dream for a corrupt and brutal presidency seeking to perpetuate itself to power. This could lead to another Edsa uprising,” Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said in a press statement.

“If Comelec is not ready for full automation then it can go back to manual exercise. That’s plain and simple and there is a lot of time for preparation. The poll body, as well as the bidders have no legal, moral and political right to stop the holding of the 2010 elections as prescribed by the 1987 Constitution, unless Chairman Melo wants to please his benefactor no other than President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo by subscribing to her narrow wish to stop the 2010 polls and keep the presidency after May 2010,” Hicap added.

“If this is part of Palace mind conditioning campaign to convince the people that there would be no elections in 2010 and Mrs. Arroyo should stay, then it is provoking the people to stage another popular uprising similar to People Power 1 and People Power 2,” the Pamalakaya leader said.

“If that is the case, then Mrs. Arroyo should accept the near future scenario of being the third President ousted by the people through another popular uprising,” added Hicap.

Melo said yesterday past blunders are giving the poll body nightmares that current attempt to computerize balloting next year might lead to a no-election scenario. He said losing bidders or particularly groups who wanted to stop the elections could use the 2003 procurement anomaly case against Comelec that frustrated its plan to automate polling inv 2004.

“For Chairman Melo we ask this question—which interest should prevail in 2010, the collective interest of the Filipino people as enshrined in the 1987 Constitution or the business agenda of poll automation bidders? Which interest should prevail in 2010, the national agenda of the people to participate in the 2010 elections or the sinister agenda of Malacañang to stop the 2010 polls?” the Pamalakaya leader asked. #


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