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Will the nation accept a BBM win?

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FAIR COMMENT | Alito L. Malinao

In one of his writings, Plato bewailed that democracy seldom produces leaders with expertise but rather popular spinsters who are effective in manipulating popular opinion.


This is probably true in the case of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. who is ahead in recent surveys on presidential candidates for next year’s election. His handlers are effective in portraying the young Marcos as the new messiah who can solve the country’s problems, never mind if he is the son of a discredited dictator.


The tens of thousands who swarmed to greet the motorcade of the BBM-Sara last December 8 in Quezon City is a strong indication that the young Marcos is going to win in the May 9, 2022 election barring any unforeseen events.


As I have said in my previous columns only a united opposition led by Vice President Leni Robredo can give Marcos a good fight. But the other candidates with delusions of grandeur are not willing to forego their ambitions and rally behind Robredo.


But what will be the repercussions if BBM wins?


Of course, we are hoping that the minority will respect the will of the majority because this is the essence of democracy. Thus, the Filipino people should support the second Marcos government and allow it to work for the country’s stability and progress.


Definitely, BBM would reach out to his political foes and ask for their cooperation in attaining his goal of unifying the country.


But the anti-Marcos cabal led by militant groups will surely organize rallies against the new government. We will be seeing hundreds of red steamers and thousands marching in the streets and shouting the usual anti-Marcos slogans. And violence could not be avoided. The more violent the protests, the more successful they are.


I only hope the above scenarios would not happen. I hope that a Marcos win would usher in stability and prosperity in our country.


Aguinaldo doctrine


There are now eight disqualification cases filed against Marcos at the Commission on Elections that centered on his alleged failure to pay his taxes.


Officially, the poll body is saying that it is now reviewing the cases and after due hearings would issue its decision. But nobody in his right mind would think that the Comelec would rule to disqualify Marcos now that is very popular.


What the Comelec would do is just to sit on the disqualification cases and allow the people to decide on election day. If Marcos wins, then it will just apply the Aquinaldo condonation doctrine.


In that doctrine, the high court said that it should never remove from office any official for acts done prior to his present term. To do otherwise would be to deprive the people of their right to elect their officials.


In the case of Aguinaldo v. Santos, decided in 1992, the Court refused to unseat Rodolfo Aguinaldo who was removed from office by Secretary Luis Santos for the former’s participation in the attempted coup against President Cory Aquino. Aguinaldo was then Governor of Cagayan and he was found guilty and was removed from office.


He filed a case in the Supreme Court questioning his removal. While his case was pending, he was reelected Governor by a landslide. To find fault or misconduct would practically overrule the will of the people. This will also be true in the case of Marcos.


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