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What If The Elections Fail?

January 14, 2010

It’s not something we should expect but must think about and even prepare for:

the possibility, no matter how remote, that the May 10 elections will fail, leaving as without a duly elected President when the term of  Gloria Macapagal Arroyo finally ends.

In such a vacuum, Nueva Ecija Representative Eduardo Nonito Joson fears “there might be a military power grab.”

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile should give way to a peer whose term will end in 2013 to ensure a smooth transfer of power in case of a failure of elections in May.

Joson points out the three people in the line of succession—Vice President, Senate President and House Speaker are also leaving office together with President.

The eenators with terms ending in 2013

The Senate should choose among the remaining 12 senators with three more years in office so that if there will be a failure of elections, we will have an acting president.

The worst thing that could happen is the military might not let go once it holds on to power and President Arroyo, with her strong loyal support from the military, would remain in Malacañang even after her term ends.

Joson has authored House Bill No. 3194, which proposes to appoint as the country’s acting President the most senior or the one who got the biggest number of votes in the previous election among the remaining 12 senators.

Under the Joson bill, the acting President is mandated to supervise a new presidential election within 60 days upon assuming office.

Sen. Loren Legarda topped the 2007 senatorial race but she is running for vice president in 2010. Sen. Mar Roxas is running for Vice President while Sen. Jamby Madrigal and Sen. Richard are running for President.

We must also note that while Sen. Antonio Trillanes’ term also runs till2013 his continued incarceration on rebellion charges has prevented him from attending the sessions of the Senate.

Whatever anyone’s reservations are, it certainly seems Joson’s proposal is worth considering.

I wonder, though, if there is material time for the Senate to pass a counterpart bill to the House version which is also pending.

The legislative, and legal, conundrum disturbs.

One Comment leave one →
  1. January 19, 2010 10:26 pm

    Since her first term as a legislator, Loren co-authored various laws and established programs in support of her advocacies under the acronym L.O.R.E.N.
    Rights of Women and Children
    Employment & Entrepreneurship

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