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Elections and Ambition

April 3, 2010 Leave a comment

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her allies appear to be using the May 2010 elections to remain in power. They are maneuvering to take national and local positions in the next administration. It is also likely that there will be renewed efforts at charter change that, among others, includes a shift to a parliamentary system that allows former president Arroyo to become prime minister.

For now there are even fears that the elections may fail due to problems with automation, intensified violence, and massive fraud. Scenarios of emergency rule, some kind of martial law and of a “transition government” have also already been floated. All these are symptoms of Philippine politics driven by ambition rather than democratic governance and service to the people.