The country needs a president as soon as possible to attend to his formidable job of jump-starting the nation. Noynoy has been formally recognized and complimented by the international world led by the United States. Congress should consider its job of canvassing presidential votes as perfunctory and formality. With due respect to Erap, he should trust the more than five million lead of Noynoy as honest votes and accept the decision of the electorate. He should find some consolation that, despite his loss, millions of his supporters have already vindicated him.
However, Congress can’t be as cursory and casual with the Vice-Presidency. First, the difference between Binay and Roxas is too close to call. Despite Binay’s premature self-proclamation, the Roxas’ camp insists that their man will make a come from behind win. Moreover, Binay’s name has been dragged into the Hokus Pcos vote-buying scandal which he of course denied. Thus, the canvassing of the Vice-Presidential votes should be skimmed and scrutinized with the greatest vigilance because a few thousand votes will spell the difference between having a good or a bad vice-president. The delay in the canvassing no matter how long is worth the wait.
Pompeyo S. Pedroche
New Jersey, USA