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Peaceful elections

September 26, 2021 People's Tonight 434 views

THROUGHOUT the world, Filipinos are known to be “election-crazy” people, who go to the polls every three years to elect new national and local government officials.

And in impoverished Philippines, a graft-prone Southeast Asian nation of English-speaking people, it is said that one cannot adopt politics as a profession and remain honest.

But in the view of well-meaning Filipinos, including the ordinary citizens not only in the metropolis but elsewhere, only a few politicians become scoundrels after the elections.

They are the ones who resort to the use of the so-called “Three Gs” (Gold, Guns and Goons) to ensure their victory, according to enraged voters and observers.

That’s why we commend the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for assuring the public that it is doing everything to make the May 9, 2022 polls peaceful and credible.

The poll body is working very closely with the military and the police to ensure that the elections are free of violence, according to Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez.

In instances where violent incidents threaten the integrity of the balloting, the poll body has the authority to take such steps as may be necessary to adress the situation.

In fact, the Comelec may place under its control election “hot spots” across the country.

The poll body issued the assurance after President Duterte warned that he would not hesitate to call the military to enforce order during next year’s polls should violence erupts.

Of course, we do not see President Duterte, the poll officials and the Filipino people allowing unscrupulous politicians to use violence to thwart the will of the electorate.