Commentary: Foreign observers to witness conduct of May polls
by Miriam P. Aquino
San Fernando City, La Union (12 April) -- "As far as the conduct of our democratic processes is concerned such as the May 14 elections, the Philippines remains an open book and we welcome all well-meaning and properly accredited observers in all stages of the electoral proceeding," Presidential Spokesperson Ignacio R. Bunye said in a statement.
Historical wise, it has been an undeniable fact that somehow this country has reportedly experienced election violence and isolated incidents of fraud, but this has been a challenge which made our nation stronger and surpass any electoral exercise in terms of political stability and security.
Malacañang Palace duly respects the decision of the European Union to send election observers through European Commission Director General for External Relations Eneko Landaburu, who informed the government that they wanted to see/observe a fair, transparent, orderly and peaceful elections here.
Other countries like US and Canada are also expected to field election observers this May polls, but the administration assures that there is nothing to hide.
Earlier than expected, the President already ordered an intensified cooperation in a tripartite operation involving the Local Government Units (LGUs), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to curb violence under the ambit of Comelec supervision.
Comelec likewise conducts area visits to assess if there are still towns and provinces needed to be placed under its control.
The President seeks for a “greater synergy” between authorities in solving high profile cases and mobilize barangay based intelligence efforts so that law and order can be enforced in protecting the integrity of polls as well as the people’s freedom of choice/suffrage.
Let us show these countries that democracy still exists in our nation. All of us must do our share to protect and preserve the fairness, transparency, orderliness and peacefulness of this upcoming May polls. (PIA La Union) [top]