There's a chance we'll still be stuck with P-Noy that there will be no elections next year.
According to reports, if the Supreme Court (SC) will not able to lift the temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) "No Bio, No Boto" policy, next year's May 9 polls might be postponed.
"Iniisip ko ngang magsulat kaagad sa ating Korte Suprema at hingin nga, ipakita na baka magkaproblema ang halalan kung hindi nila i-lift ang temporary restraining order," the poll body's head, Chairman Andres Bautista, said in a radio dzBB interview last Sunday (December 6).
President Benigno S. Aquino III signed into law Republic Act No. 10367 on February 15, 2013, which requires all voter registration records to have biometrics information. Basically, a voter without a Comelec biometrics record will not be allowed to vote.
The SC issued the TRO following a petition for certiorari and prohibition filed by youth groups, questioning the policy's "Constitutionality."
Bautista, for their part, added, "I hope na ma-realize nila na kami naman ginagawa namin ang lahat ng magagawa para ma-meet ang deadline, pero kung di namin kakayanin, anong gagawin natin? Baka kailangan nating i-postpone 'yung ating halalan. Mas malaking gulo 'yun."
We agree, Mr. Chairman. You wouldn't want to mess around with next year's national elections, especially considering how intense and engaged the candidates and their supporters are THIS early.
This issue got us thinking: What other things could possibly delay #Eleksyon2016? And can they be far cooler reasons, or just not as lame as an SC TRO?
Here are seven that might just do the trick.
1) AlDub Sa Tamang Panahon Part 2
Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards may not be supporting any candidate (at least publicly, for now at least), but another grand fans' day, say, around the first week of May 2016, might have a negative effect on next year's national elections. The electorate will be divided between watching the celebration and sweating it out in voting areas. You don't want to mess with AlDub Nation.
2) MayPac 2
For obvious reasons. We seriously prefer Manny Pacquiao winning this one rather than a senatorial seat.
3) An Eraserheads-headlined music festival
4) A Kobe Bryant renaissance
And by that we mean the Los Angeles Lakers, currently sporting a 3-17 win-loss record, miraculously qualified for the playoffs and eliminates their first matchup in the postseason, thanks to the Black Mamba's rejuvenated play. Everyone would surely be tuning in—rather than trying to pick which candidates for Bokal, none of whom we usually know or have any idea what they're going to do in office, they're going to choose..
5) A zombie apocalypse
Not your usual "dead people voting" scenario during elections. Seriously, if this happens, many institutions and services will shut down, with our survival the primary goal. Priorities!
6) If the optical mark reader machines WILL BE TRANSPORTED VIA EDSA
Expect a TON of delay.
7) If these nuisance candidates decide to team up and take matters into their own hands
Imagine an Avengers-like but not-so-super alliance that will wreak havoc come voting time.