Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
CEDELF P. TUPAS
Sports Editor (On Leave)
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
Maguindanao provincial election supervisor Lintang Bedol has a lot
to answer for. After the area under his watch goes under the national microscope
for numerous allegations of electoral fraud, Mr. Bedol mysteriously became a hard
man to find. When he finally resurfaces, he claims ignorance regarding the national
interest his name has garnered, especially in relation to the dubious nature of
the election results from Maguindanao. And then he surprises the nation by declaring
the disappearance of the municipal Certificates of Canvass, the only documents
that could possibly verify the results of the elections (given that they actually
took place), in Maguindanao.
Mr. Bedol is not doing the Comelec, a government
agency that is still suffering from a massive credibility problem, any favors
by being so grossly irresponsible. This man is a provincial election supervisor.
How can he afford to disappear from the map shortly after the elections are held?
Then, while he is missing, the Certificates of Canvass, documents that are presumably
under his care, are "stolen". The clincher is that Mr. Bedol remained missing
in spite of that serious development, taking his own sweet time in reporting the
loss of those crucial documents. If provincial election supervisors can be this
negligent and get away with it, the Comelec might as well flush any shred of credibility
it has left down the proverbial toilet.
Elections are serious undertakings
that cannot be entrusted to men like Lintang Bedol. If the Comelec erred in selecting
him for duty, they can still correct their critical mistake by removing him from
office, filing the necessary charges, and making sure that men like him do not
get to handle elections ever again.
If and when the counting for this
elections is finally over, the people at Comelec have to remember that it is their
sworn duty to make sure that the next elections fare better. If they cannot automate
the electoral process in the next three years, the least they can do is to weed
out the rotten apples from their organization before the next elections. Getting
rid of Lintang Bedol and others like him these would be a good start.*