What makes us pin our hopes then on the 2007 elections? Has the Abalos-led Comelec suddenly become a reformed institution? Are there new and credible faces in the agency at the provincial and municipal levels that would warrant our renewed confidence in the integrity of the electoral system? Are there new fraud-proof technologies in place that might neutralize any attempt to doctor the results? Are the opposition candidates so popular they can override any attempt at wholesale cheating? Do we sense a surge of public vigilance of the kind the nation saw in the 1986 snap election? Are we hoping that the Arroyo government, having survived the crisis, might be gripped by conscience and be more predisposed this time around to ensure a credible vote?Not to mix too many metaphors, but Randy David essentially suggests we throw the baby out with the bath water even as we insist that we cannot accept any chaff with our wheat. Manuel L. Quezon III doesn't agree with him either, because he thinks it's "needless complication" -- finding an elegant way of saying he doesn't think it can possibly work because few people will support the idea. "Boycott" is just a code word for another people power attempt. But even if it were the right tactic for removing GMA, I would not endorse such an election boycott on basic principle.
Besides it would only makes Utrecht and Malacanang Palace both happy, since neither wants a real election. I say the people have to surprise them all!