The continuing absence from the scene of ex-election commissioner Virgilio Garcillano is the ghost at the President’s banquet. If a guest were to point to it, the specter would be unnerving, a haunting reminder of the real issue at the root of the President’s crisis of legitimacy. But who among the so-called leaders of the opposition are pointing a steady finger at Garcillano’s ghost?
It is the absence that cannot be explained away, only forgotten or ignored. But what is to stop the opposition, or at least those interested in establishing beyond a doubt what really happened during last year’s elections, from mounting a Garcillano Watch, or prefacing every single press briefing or protest action with a simple, "Today is the nth day since Garcillano last appeared in public…"