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Editorial

Bedol must pay

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NINFA R. LEONARDIA
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CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
Administrative Officer

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.*

 
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