MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has postponed the 2016 general elections to July 11, 2016, in order to accommodate presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe whose residency requirement failed to meet the 10 year minimum by just two months.
“The Comelec En Banc hereby announce the postponement of the 2016 Philippine General Elections from May 9 to July 11,” said Comelec spokesperson James Jimagas.
“This is to allay fears and avoid accusations of politicking and or unfair treatment – particularly to foundlings seeking higher office who were having difficulties filling up their certificate of candidacy last October 15, 2015.”
He explained that the Comelec has the authority, through Sec. 910 of the Omnibus Election Code, to “postpone an election in order to accommodate a candidate who is either too eager to serve the country or has a running mate who is too eager to serve the country.”
Jimagas stated that it was a necessary measure to take in order to give the the honorable senator a chance to win the highest position in the land next year without having to wait until the year 2022.
“I don’t blame her,” he said. “A lot could happen in six years. The political landscape might not be the same as it is right now.”
“The MRT could already be fixed by then, the traffic situation in Metro Manila might improve and the airports might be considered world-class. What else could you whine about during your 2022 campaign?” he added.
“Who knows, Senator or heaven forbid, Vice President Chiz Escudero may no longer be your BFF by then.”
With this announcement, the campaign period for national candidates will start at a later date of April 9 instead of the originally scheduled February 9, 2016.
Maraming Salamat Poe
The camp of Senator Grace Poe welcomed the Comelec decision, stating that “never for a moment did we doubt the impartiality and the autonomy of this election body in deciding sensitive cases that will affect the lives of hundreds of mathematically challenged foundlings in the Philippines.”
“Alam po ng nakararami sa ating mga kababayan na ang ang ‘bagong umaga’ ay paparating na next year,” said Poe’s lawyer Ma. Gina Samat. “Hindi po sa taong 2022, 2028 o jusko huwag naman po sana, sa 2034.“
Samat added, “Dahil dito, malaya na po ang aking cliente, este ang mga Pilipino, na mamili kung sino ang mamumuno sa kanila na walang pag-aalinlangan na ang iboboto nilang kandidato ay tumupad sa mga pangangailangan at alituntunin na nararapat sa isang kandidato ng pagka-pangulo ayon sa batas.”
“Dahil ang pagnanais na makatulong sa taumbayan ay nagsisimula dapat sa hiling ng mga mamamayan at hindi sa kung anong nakasaad sa saligang batas ng bansang maaaring hindi mo sinilangan.“