With the campaign ending tomorrow, the May 2010 elections nears a denouement. All the plots–whether by those in power or out of it–will meet on Monday, May 10, 2010 and voters will decide–as the sovereign in a democracy–whose head will be crowned and whose heads will roll.
Dramatic twists happened the past two weeks that now shape the contours of this denouement. The widening gap between presidential candidate Noynoy Aquino and his closest rivals. The neck-to-neck race in the vice-presidential contest between erstwhile leader Mar Roxas and Jojo Binay. The shocking collapse of the Manny Villar-Loren Legarda tandem’s bid for the top positions. The rise of Erap Estrada to the second pole position. The widespread failure of the PCOS machines in the testing and sealing phase of their deployment. The Supreme Court ‘s rejection of the NP-NPC coalition and the Comelec’s designation of the LP as the dominant opposition party. And so on.
The thread through all these was the successful march of Noynoy Aquino–despite all the kitchen sinks thrown in his direction–to the brink of a landslide victory. Suddenly, all plots and plans went awry and were hastily withdrawn. Of course, the glimpse of a developing people power reminiscent of the August 2009 events provided a backdrop to the dramatic events.
The die is cast. Do we dare to dream again or will Nightmare visit Times Street comes Monday night?