Remember Lintang Bedol?… Yes, we can call him Garci Jr. He was the COMELEC Provincial Election Supervisor in the province of Maguindanao who gained notoriety for masterminding the dagdag-bawas operations. He presented a tampered Provincial Certificate of Canvass during the National Canvassing that gave Team Unity a 12-0 victory in Maguindanao. When the opposition questioned the results, Bedol went into hiding and snubbed the summons of the COMELEC to appear and explain the irregularities and anomalies in the Maguindanao election results. He later surfaced to explain that the Municipal Certificates of Canvass which were the basis for his 12-0 COC were lost. Just like that…
The headline of today’s Philippine Inquirer (08/09/07) tells us what Bedol got for his crimes against the Filipino electorate. The COMELEC en banc handed down its decision : Bedol is guilty of indirect contempt and his sentence – 6-months imprisonment and a P1,000 fine. He is appealing the decision and is out on bail (P15,000 bail). According today’s PDI’s Editorial this is but a slap “on the wrist”.
No wonder Bedol has even the guts to tell the COMELEC that they should have charged him with election fraud so that “he could shed light on the intricacies of cheating.”
Why am I not surprised? It will not take an overly imaginative mind to discern what happened. Bedol was caught in the act… his bosses have to make a show of punishing him to satisfy the angry voters… BUT they have to take care of their own (like they did to Garci) and make sure that the “punishment” (if you can even call it that) is light enough as Bedol served them well anyway and not to scare their other election fraud operators (they still need them for the 2010 Presidential election).
Let me differ from the Inquier’s Editorial… given the gravity of his crimes against the Filipino people and our record of punishing criminals – The COMELEC’s sentence on Bedol is not even a slap on the wrist but a reassuring PAT ON THE BACK — kami ang bahala sayo panyero.
I just wish that the Filipinos will not let the COMELEC insult our people’s collective intelligence. Let’s not let them get away with this like we did the last time with Garci.
Lets begin by giving BEDOL and the COMELEC out collective —> ,,!,,
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