In Mindanao, it is half-jokingly said that elections are seen as harvest time by many people; a harvest of vote-buying money, that is. Right now, many people believe that erstwhile Provincial Election Supervisor Lintang Bedol was one of the harvesters. The investigation to be conducted by Task Force Maguindanao will show that to be either true or false in due time. But to my mind, Bedol is now bringing in a harvest of another kind: the man is reaping a whirlwind.
He should never have challenged the Commission the way he did, in both what he said and in what his .45 said. I suppose like a lot of people, Bedol never expected the COMELEC to actually push through with what it said it would do. Unfortunately, in this country, we can get really impatient and adherence to due process can sometimes be mistaken for duplicity.