It’s gonna be a long night.
We’ve been receiving reports all day from various sources and network of the anti-fraud group Kontra Daya. Many of the reports reflect the same long-standing problems of elections in the Philippines.
One good thing about the elections this year, thanks to Garci, a lot of groups have been put up to guard the electoral exercise. Everyone’s wary about what GMA’s cheating machine is expected to pull off this time around. Everyone’s expecting the worst.
Kontra Daya has put up a running account of its election monitor at http://bayan.ph/running%20account.htm
One thing I noticed is that the military has been actively campaigning against militant partylist groups as confirmed by reports of incidents in Southern Luzon. This has not received too much media attention.
In 2007, only a few generals were implicated in rigging the polls. Now, we are getting reports that the entire AFP is being mobilized to influence the outcome of the polls. Very disturbing indeed.
The best line of defense against fraud and violence is the people’s vigilance. Protest actions may be coming up sooner than we expected.