It is a welcome relief to most Filipinos that elections were over. On the contrary, there were election-related protests that had never ceased and are still bothering the conscience of most election officials. Among those protestors are the losers themselves who claimed that the PCOS machines used to automate election returns didn't seem convincing to most people.
If there were complaints against the transmittal of election returns for the tallying of results, it would now be up to the Commission on Elections to investigate because, first and foremost, it is the Comelec responsbility to do that. Otherwise, it would take another couple of weeks before Congress is able to reconcile all those valid votes from the people.
In a few weeks time, the newly elected President Noynoy Aquino, son of the late Sen. Benigno Aquino and Corazon C. Aquino, would be steering the rein of government. Many peole have expressed hope that it will a departure from the recent administration that was mired in corruption and midnight appointments. One of which was the appointment of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, former chief of staff of President Arroyo, who had been criticized by cause-oriented groups for saving the face of Arroyo from the impending corruption and other criminal cases that are expected to be filed against her by the new administration after her term ends in June 2010.
President-elect Aquino, at first, hesitated to take his oath before the new SC chief justice, but to a village chief in Tarlac province. But Aquino had decided today to instead forego with his oath-taking before an associate justice of the Supreme Court, who spared her vote against the appointment of Corona.
Perhaps, the new president should be careful in picking up his cabinet team. He must see to it that they are of unquestioned integrity. He should also avoid appointing members of his family to government posts, if only to avoid criticisms from the public. Reports revealed that some of his relatives are holding government positions right now. It would be for the good of his administration if President Aquino can convince them to quit their posts any moment now to pave the way for him to pick his own trusted cabinet members. If this is done, his administration will appear distinct and free from the influence-peddlings done when his late mother took the rein of government from the Marcoses.
Mr. President, try to make your system of governance doubly different from the rest of those who led the country before. In this way, the Philippines can be proud once more that there is such a personality such as yours who can make the great difference.