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Commentary: True will of the people must prevail

By Henry S. Lagasca

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union (8 May) -- The coming polls will be a test of democracy and that the true will of the people will prevail.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo vowed that her administration will do everything to pass this test even as she called for a collective effort that must protect the lives of candidates and the sanctity of the ballot.

The President said that the May 14 elections must not only be peaceful but credible and that the political process is just as important as the political outcome.

Although PGMA herself is not a candidate it is within her power to ensure that the coming May 14 elections must be directed at reducing violence and to ensure that the polls are peaceful and orderly and truly collective of the people’s will.

President Arroyo is courting the people, not only as a concerned party leader, but as the Commander-in-Chief prodding the PNP chief Director General Oscar Calderen to take more steps to prevent the escalation of election-related violent incidents.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said that the President continues to be respected and that the order of the President to stop the killings is being followed to ensure that the greater interest of the people is protected.

The presence of poll observers from other countries should be a challenge for all of us to ensure that the polls are peaceful and orderly one so that the common weal could prevail.

Press Secretary Ignacio R. Bunye said this is not unusual as we have had international observers in the past and we can show to the whole world the Filipinos thrive on a democratic system based on free choice. (PIA Region 1) [top]

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