I have been waiting since yesterday for the final results of the elections so I could post a final election-related post hoping to congratulate the winners: the duly elected officials and the Filipino people.
I was prepared to accept whoever wins because I believe in the democratic process. All I wanted was to move on from the election circus and start reading more of the positive posts that previously dominated my news feed about the exciting goings-on in my family and friends’ lives.
Instead, the circus still hasn’t left town.
The clowns are still running high . We have always been a bipolar country, I should have expected it.
1. I am happy that around 16 million Filipinos are happy about the results of the presidential battle. Pres-elect Duterte has called for healing. Let’s heed his call, let’s stop the hate, let’s work together, let the discipline begin with ourselves, and let us love our countrymen and country as much as he says he does.
2. Overall, I would take the character assasinations on social media over actual assasinations that previously plagued elections in the past. This has been a relatively peaceful electoral exercise and, although a lot of egos have been shredded by the written word, egos can be rebuilt but not any lives shredded by actual bullets.
3. The election circus has been such a migraine-inducing experience. Again, I will take that over the apathy of the voters in elections past. This year’s elections have shown how much Filipinos have started to become so invested in the choosing of their next leaders. It hasn’t been a fair affair by far with all the mudslinging and all, but I hope this puts the Filipino people on the right path towards becoming a more mature, involved, informed, respectful, and accepting electorate.
4. Now, for some mudslinging of my own. On the vp front, it is no secret that I am not a Marcos supporter. All I can say about this is: why should Robredo suffer for the sins of the past administration when its so easy for some people to forgive Bongbong Marcos for the sins of his Father’s regime? Oh, the double standards.
5. And the Marcoses being cheated in the elections? Oh, the irony.
6. And so what about Plan B? Everyone has to remember that Pres Duterte is a lawyer. He will not allow a legal impeachment if he can help it. He beat out the “yellow machinery” in the election, so he’s good enough to thwart whatever “plans” they have for him. He promised that he will do his best for the country. If you believe that he will do exactly this, then there will be no cause for an impeachment proceeding to be filed against him. Trust your president, you elected him.
7. Thank you for the concessions. Thank you for starting the process of support and unification. I pray that the rest of the Filipino people will now start to follow in your example of humble personal acceptance, as well.
8. Thank you also to the BEIs, teachers, volunteers, poll watchers, police forces, and everyone who put in their hard work to make the elections an orderly, peaceful, and credible endeavor. Thank you for your service.
9. For all the shortcomings of the Aquino administration, we have to accept that there has been a lot of improvement in the economy of our country, the effects and benefits of which, however, have yet to be felt by the masses. Thus, the discontent. Please understand that it takes more than six years for the gradual trickle to become manifest. We have been the sick man of Asia for decades. The job of the new government is to continue boosting this trajectory and make sure the sick man continues to take its maintenance meds, and eventually get better. Nay, Stronger.
All I can hope for after the elections is peace, a renewed respect for one another and the government processes, and acceptance of the changes that we chose to deserve.