Well, the elections are history. Now, it’s the vote counting that is going on. Remember last week I mentioned about it being a good idea for a foreigner to keep a low profile during the election season? Well, although all the votes have been cast, it is still a good idea to remain low key for at least the next week or so. During the canvassing and tallying, a lot of things can still happen, and it’s best not to be around if something untoward does occur.
The thing that I find interesting is that the COMELEC (Commission on Elections) and the PNP (Philippine National Police) have both declared that the elections were “relatively peaceful”. Funny thing is that during the election season (Feb through May) more than 200 incidents of election related violence have been reported. More than 100 political candidates did not live long enough to see the voting – they were murdered. Countless other political workers who were not candidates were killed. And that is a “relatively peaceful” election? I’m glad it wasn’t a violent one!
Anyway, the main part of the danger of politics has passed already. I am happy for that, as I will soon resume my normal schedule which includes a lot of travel and such. I am tired of staying around the house all the time! And to think, it all starts again in 3 years!