Gloria Arroyo Not a Legitimate President?

“Truth is Arroyo won,” bannered University of the Philippines (UP) economist Solita Monsod in her column “Get Real” published by the Philippines Daily Inquirer (PDI) yesterday, October 29.

Monsod cited three reasons to buttress her view that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo won the presidential elections of May 2004: (1) voter preferences favoring Arroyo as reflected in several pre-election surveys of Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia; (2) exit polls conducted by three media organizations on election day showing Arroyo ahead of closest rival Fernando Poe Jr; and (3) “final official congressional canvass showed Ms Arroyo getting 40 percent of the votes cast, while Poe got 36.5 percent (a difference of 1.1 million votes).”

Monsod wrote: “Then there was the endorsement (albeit last minute — but this shows that they were jumping on the bandwagon) that Ms Arroyo received from the Iglesia ni Cristo and El Shaddai. And finally, it was generally acknowledged that Poe was shooting himself in the foot during the campaign, and that the opposition was split four ways. In other words, they did it to themselves.”

Monsod concluded: “Given all these, the bottom line is: Like it or not, Ms Arroyo is our legitimate President. Let us not allow ourselves to be misled by those who are themselves misled or who have their own political ambitions.”

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