Like in any other case filed in court, use of dilatory tactic is one machination employed to delay court proceedings thereby justice will not be attained at a right given time.
It holds true with the election protest filed by Atty Glenn Chong in the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) against Roger Espina.
Biliranons expected so much that ballot boxes containing the ballots and other election documents and paraphernalia will be shipped to Manila this week. Though sealing of ballot boxes was already done in the municipality of Almeria yet the sealing of ballot boxes in other municipalities remains to be seen if it will be materialized for a number of reasons ranging from the unavailability of some authorities involved in the sealing like the municipal treasurers.
There was even a report that Gerry Boy Espina called the treasurers to a meeting in which it is highly improper and dubious considering his position is also at stake in the election protest filed by Charlie Chong in Comelec.
It would be proper for authorities involved in the order of Comelec in the sealing of ballot boxes to maintain impartiality of their actions so as not to cast doubts among the voters in Biliran who still aspire that their votes will be properly and legally accounted for the sake of putting an end to this election controversy in Biliran province.
Politicians involved in these election protests especially those now occupying the contested positions should also follow orders from authorities without exerting much effort, time, influence and even money just to sway the natural course of the election protests.
We, Biliranons are stakeholders to said election protests whether we are affiliated to different political colors since what is at stake is the quest for who really won in the congressional and gubernatorial race in Biliran province during the May 10, 2010 elections.
We cannot resolve this pending election protests by not following what is prescribed by law neither we can put to rest the deafening silence of people who just observed in the sideline of event eagerly waiting when the recounting starts nor anybody can put to rest the seemingly social volcano to erupt in the beautiful landscape of the island paradise of Biliran when time come that people will not only take their crusade in streets but rather they may take it with their own bloodied hands to find justice to their failed cause.
To delay the process of recounting the ballots maybe a big disadvantage on the protestant and a big favor also on the contrary for the protestee.
However, we, Biliranons do not see it as a disadvantage or an advantage on either sides of the political fence but rather we look at it as a big lose in the quest for justice and peace in the province of Biliran.