The Supreme Court decision setting aside the constitutional prohibition against midnight presidential appointments is causing two unintended effects. The first is rising realization among Filipinos that there might not be any credible judiciary to run to in case of massive electoral cheating. the second is the realization of the incumbent GMA administration–now being put to good use–that it can actually appoint its people to any government position right up to the end of its term.
The decision has emboldened presidential election cheaters in thinking–rightly or wrongly–that they have judicial cover when they do their deed. However, there is also the possibility that it will rouse people power.
What matters now is the urgent need for close citizen monitoring of the 2010 elections–despite the promise of the automated election system (AES) to make life harder for election cheaters. There should also be a close monitoring of presidential decisions on personnel movements at the top level in the executive department, including the DFA, AFP, PNP and DILG. Needless to say, monitoring of the Comelec actions and decisions becomes critical.
The 2010 elections are in danger of being subverted by maneuvers within and outside its processes. Vigilance!