"The scandal-driven effort to shake the Arroyo presidency appears to have fizzled out".and this is because:
"The "revelations" were, in the end really confirmations of what the public knew: jueteng was the basis of the politics of patronage since time immemorial and, as the audiotapes suggest, our electoral process remains flawed and vulnerable."He has this to say about the cheating charge
"Granting that voting outcomes in Lanao del Sur were massaged, could it have altered the final outcomes? The best counter-evidence is that Barbers lost and Biazon won. Therefore, if the numbers were massaged, they were not massaged well enough to alter the outcomes in the closely fought battle for the last slot in the senatorial win column."And on the self appointed saviors of our nation;
"Besides, the "heroes" we were supposed to flock to were flawed characters. Some of them are patently insane. Some are clearly impostors".We had the same reaction to the Estrada offer:
Then comes Joseph Estrada, offering to head a junta.
That is the last nail in the coffin of this chaotic blitz. The whole effort is now doomed to be buried in the shallow grave of utter hilarity.
Some cautionary words for the present administration:
"But taking the wind from the sails of this badly-designed blitz is the easy part.
The more difficult part is climbing out of the hole this whole episode dug for us, restoring credible leadership to a battered nation and restoring a path to a future where institutions work and the economy functions. Although political survival is more or less assured, the integrity issues must be dealt with convincingly".