The Supreme Court, acting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal, today struck down Susan Roces’ petition to substitute her husband, the late Fernando Poe Jr., in his election protest against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The decision said Roces is not a direct party in the case. At the same time, the High Court also dismissed the opposition Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino’s standard bearer’s electoral protest since the accuser is already dead.
FPJ’s supporters decried the decison as a loss for the Filipino people. They said Filipinos were denied the chance to know who really won in the 2004 presidential elections.
There were widespread reports of massive cheating by the administration in last years election. And these reports were not wthout basis. Aside from the reports of cheating, Arroyo was also accused of using government resources in her campaign–which was of course very obvious.
Poe’s followers were right. It’s sad we will never hear the real voice of democracy. But then again, such is no longer a new thing under Gloria’s “strong republic.”