The last thing the country needs


Both houses of Congress have passed an absentee voting bill, which means that Filipinos abroad, or at least some of them, are assured of voting, at least in the elections of 2004.

Twelve provisions in the House and Senate versions, however, are in conflict. How these conflicts are resolved or reconciled if possible will decide a number of issues critical to future Philippine elections.

At least five provisions have to be carefully examined by the technical working group of the conference committee in Congress that

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