Flon Faurillo /
Military and Comelec as
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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underline; figuratively, to
underscore or highlight.
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