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Vol. VII, No. 10      April 15- 21, 2007      Quezon City, Philippines

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SALUNGGUHIT

By Flon Faurillo / Bulatlat

Military and Comelec as `Administration Weapons’

Going by the results of all credible opinion surveys, it is almost certain that the forces aligned against the Arroyo administration will have a field day in the coming senatorial and local elections. Most of the Genuine Opposition senatorial candidates and the progressive party-list groups Bayan Muna (People First), AnakPawis (Toiling Masses), and Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) have all emerged as the top preferences of respondents – in sharp contrast to the very poor showing of most Team Unity senatorial candidates and certain party-list groups that have been exposed as being sponsored by Malacañang and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Determined to prolong its hold on power and eliminate all potential challenges to its rule – the legitimacy of which has been in question since 2004 – the Arroyo administration is resorting to the dual tactics of military force, on the one hand, and legal maneuvers mainly through the Commission on Elections (Comelec), on the other.

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