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PNoy VOTES WITH 'KODIGO' MINUS THE YELLOW SHIRT


MAY 9 -(Photo by Richard Viñas)
TARLAC CITY, In a light brown sport shirt and armed with a handwritten list of his preferred candidates, it took President Aquino almost an hour to complete his glitch-free voting experience yesterday in his home province of Tarlac. Listed voter number four in precinct No. 175-A, the President arrived at the Central Azucarera de Tarlac elementary school at around 9:20 a.m. to cast his vote for the administration ticket led by Mar Roxas accompanied by his sisters Ballsy Cruz and Pinky Abellada and other relatives. No special treatment was given to the President and his kin as they waited in line outside the polling precinct for 30 minutes. Plastic chairs were provided for voters while waiting for their turn under the sun.  Shortly before 10 a.m, the President went inside the polling center and cast his vote with a kodigo or list of preferred candidates at hand. It took some time before Aquino was able to complete his ballot. After filling out his ballot, Aquino placed it on the vote counting machine and had his forefinger marked with indelible ink. He had no complaints when he checked the voter receipt. The President was done voting at 10:15 a.m. A photo session with the election personnel was granted by Aquino afterwards. Aquino did not grant any media interview and returned to the Palace to monitor election-related developments. On the eve of elections, the President appealed to Filipinos to help ensure peaceful and orderly elections and to accept the outcome of the polls. Aquino also called for an end to political bickering after the bitterly contested elections. “Sa demokrasya, lahat ay nakakapagdesisyun. Sa huli, pagkatapos ng halalan, nawa’y matigil na ang bangayan. Igalang at unawain natin ang anumang pasyang bunga ng pagsasama ng tinig ng mas nakararami para sa ating lahat [In a democracy, everyone decides. In the end, after the elections, I hope the bickering will end. Let us respect and understand the results of the will of the majority],” he said. THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: FROM VERA FILES - PHL Vote 2016 Duterte-Marcos win: Aquino and Roxas’ karma


MAY 9 -Pres. Aquino campaigning vs Duterte for Roxas. Photo by Allan Yves Briones IF the pre-election surveys are confirmed by Election Day votes, then it would be Rodrigo Duterte as president and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. as vice president. It would be slap in the face of President Aquino who refuses to see that the Filipino people’s attraction to the tough- talking Duterte is an expression of their disgust for his government. On the 30th anniversary of People Power revolution last Feb. 22, Aquino warned against electing the late dictator’s son. But Sen. Marcos popularity continued to surge even as the administration’s candidate, Leni Robredo, tries to catch up close. Aquino is too engrossed trumpeting the 6.2 percent economic growth under his administration ignoring the frustration and anger of the people who have been derailed and missed by his “Tuwid na Daan” program. His anointed, Mar Roxas, also misread the public pulse and promised the Filipino people of a continuation of “Tuwid na Daan.” This was Roxas’ huge mistake. Journalist Junep Ocampo captured it in his succinct Facebook post: “If Mar loses in this election, it is only because of this: He tried to sell continuity to voters who were crying for change.”  READ MORE...

ALSO: Palace hand seen in plan to oust Rody - Marcos assails ‘sinister plot’


MAY 11 -Contested count. Volunteers of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) go about their work at the Pope Pius Catholic Center in Manila on Tuesday. LINO SANTOS 
SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Tuesday bared a “sinister plot” by the Palace to install his opponent in the vice presidential race, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, as president by ousting Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte by impeachment. Marcos said he was convinced that reports reaching them of a “Plan B,” which would set Duterte up for ouster, were coming true. “It looks like they are pushing through with Plan B because they are holding back the transmission of votes from my bailiwicks to make it appear that congresswoman Robredo is leading in the unofficial quick count,” Marcos said in an interview. The senator said the administration would do anything to achieve its goal to put Robredo in power after President Benigno Aquino III declared that he would stop Marcos from becoming vice president. Plan B, he said, would make it appear that Robredo, the President’s party mate in the ruling Liberal Party, was slowly catching up through preelection surveys to establish a fake trend. “This will give them the justification for a Robredo win,” he said. “Once she is elected vice president, impeachment proceedings will be carried out to remove Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as President and install Robredo as president,” Marcos said. He said the Palace’s Plan B scenario was to ensure that “the president will still come from the Liberal Party and will remain in control of Malacañang since its standard bearer, Mar Roxas, will not win.” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. dismissed talk of Plan B as “irresponsible and reckless.” But Marcos said Plan B had begun with preelection surveys that showed Robredo gaining, and was continuing with the way the quick count results were being reported. He said many of the results from his bialiwicks in the Solid North have not been reflected in the partial and unofficial quick count of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV). “There are still votes from Isabela, Pangasinan and different parts of the North that have yet to be tallied,” Marcos said. He added some of the results have not yet been transmitted because of protests at the local level, but in other instances, he saw no reason for the delay. This explained how his one-million lead before midnight Monday had vanished overnight by Tuesday morning, when Robredo overtook him in the unofficial quick count. “They are making sure it looks like Robredo is leading by holding back my votes so that they don’t show up in the PPCRV count,” he said in Filipino. READ MORE...

ALSO: STATEMENT FROM COLOMA - Palace ready, willing to work with Duterte


MAY 10 -PALACE SPOKESMAN -
Malacañang on Tuesday said it is ready to work with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who has yet to be proclaimed president. “I have indicated our readiness and willingness to work with the incoming administration,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said during a Palace briefing. Earlier in the day, Malacañang issued a statement accepting and expressing respect for the “verdict” of the people as unofficial and partial tallies show Duterte leading by at least five million votes. The administration’s candidate, former secretary Mar Roxas, is tailing behind with around 23 percent of votes as opposed to Duterte’s 38 percent. “The path of good governance or Daang Matuwid is already established as all presidential candidates spoke out against corruption, and in favor of continuing and expanding present pro-poor programs, and pursuing more initiatives to sustain the strong economy and achieve inclusive growth,” Coloma said. Coloma also said the incoming administration will benefit from their work on good governance. READ MORE...

ALSO: Editorial - A call for change


MAY 11 -THE runaway victory of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, who ran on the promise of change, is a clear repudiation of the failed policies of the last six years.
It is encouraging that among the first things Duterte did after casting his vote Monday was to call for national unity and healing after a particularly vicious campaign. “These past few days were quite virulent for all of us. This is part of a day’s work in the elections. I would like to reach my hand [out] to my opponents, let us begin the healing now,” Duterte said. The candidate’s call for unity contrasted sharply with President Benigno Aquino III’s desperate, last-minute appeal a few days earlier to the other candidates to unite to stop Duterte. Duterte’s appeal suggested a shared goal; the President’s call simply targeted a common enemy. Candidate Duterte asked everyone to come together; the President sought to divide us yet again. If the new president must change anything first, he might want to start with the divisiveness that President Aquino engendered in his six years in office. Instead of wearing the pin of the Philippine flag on his lapel, Mr. Aquino insisted on wearing the yellow ribbon that represented his political faction, a subtle but constant reminder that he was President only to those who voted for him, and not to the rest of the country, and that if you were not in his camp, you were just out of luck. READ MORE...


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PNoy votes with ‘kodigo’ minus the yellow shirt


(Photo by Richard Viñas)

TARLAC CITY, MAY 16, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Genalyn Kabiling May 9, 2016 – In a light brown sport shirt and armed with a handwritten list of his preferred candidates, it took President Aquino almost an hour to complete his glitch-free voting experience yesterday in his home province of Tarlac.

Listed voter number four in precinct No. 175-A, the President arrived at the Central Azucarera de Tarlac elementary school at around 9:20 a.m. to cast his vote for the administration ticket led by Mar Roxas accompanied by his sisters Ballsy Cruz and Pinky Abellada and other relatives.

No special treatment was given to the President and his kin as they waited in line outside the polling precinct for 30 minutes. Plastic chairs were provided for voters while waiting for their turn under the sun.

 Shortly before 10 a.m, the President went inside the polling center and cast his vote with a kodigo or list of preferred candidates at hand. It took some time before Aquino was able to complete his ballot.

After filling out his ballot, Aquino placed it on the vote counting machine and had his forefinger marked with indelible ink. He had no complaints when he checked the voter receipt. The President was done voting at 10:15 a.m. A photo session with the election personnel was granted by Aquino afterwards.

Aquino did not grant any media interview and returned to the Palace to monitor election-related developments.

On the eve of elections, the President appealed to Filipinos to help ensure peaceful and orderly elections and to accept the outcome of the polls.

Aquino also called for an end to political bickering after the bitterly contested elections.

“Sa demokrasya, lahat ay nakakapagdesisyun. Sa huli, pagkatapos ng halalan, nawa’y matigil na ang bangayan. Igalang at unawain natin ang anumang pasyang bunga ng pagsasama ng tinig ng mas nakararami para sa ating lahat [In a democracy, everyone decides. In the end, after the elections, I hope the bickering will end. Let us respect and understand the results of the will of the majority],” he said.


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PHL Vote 2016 Duterte-Marcos win: Aquino and Roxas’ karma MAY 9, 2016 commentary  By ELLEN T.TORDESILLAS


Pres. Aquino campaigning vs Duterte for Roxas. Photo by Allan Yves Briones

IF the pre-election surveys are confirmed by Election Day votes, then it would be Rodrigo Duterte as president and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. as vice president.

It would be slap in the face of President Aquino who refuses to see that the Filipino people’s attraction to the tough- talking Duterte is an expression of their disgust for his government.

On the 30th anniversary of People Power revolution last Feb. 22, Aquino warned against electing the late dictator’s son. But Sen. Marcos popularity continued to surge even as the administration’s candidate, Leni Robredo, tries to catch up close.

Aquino is too engrossed trumpeting the 6.2 percent economic growth under his administration ignoring the frustration and anger of the people who have been derailed and missed by his “Tuwid na Daan” program.

His anointed, Mar Roxas, also misread the public pulse and promised the Filipino people of a continuation of “Tuwid na Daan.”

This was Roxas’ huge mistake. Journalist Junep Ocampo captured it in his succinct Facebook post: “If Mar loses in this election, it is only because of this: He tried to sell continuity to voters who were crying for change.”

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Drastic change was what Duterte offered: eliminate criminals, the corrupt and illegal drug dealers in six months. How? He will kill them.


Mar Roxas .Photo by Luis Liwanag Mar Roxas

Duterte has mesmerized not only the poor but also the rich and the middle class who have long suffered the administration’s inefficiency most exemplified by the daily horrendous traffic, trains that breakdown frequently, and proliferation of snatchers and holduppers.

Facing the imminent rejection of his endorsed candidate, Aquino on Friday called for other candidates to unite against Duterte. Everybody knew the call was directed to Grace Poe, who is running a far second to Duterte in the surveys. Nobody thought of Vice President Jejomar Binay who is facing plunder charges together with his son, who has been ousted as Makati City mayor and replaced by Aquino’s partymate. Maybe Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who is waging a valiant campaign despite being under treatment of cancer.

“I am trying to get all of these different voices together and in that sense, perhaps help our candidate get together and have that united front,” Aquino told CNN Philippines.

Aquino’s mathematics: “Mayor Duterte has roughly 30 percent. That means he doesn’t have the 70 percent. …if it’s Mar or Grace that unite, we have more than 40 percent. That defeats the 30 percent.”

Roxas followed this up the next day through the media by inviting Poe to a talk. Seeing through the trap, Poe nixed the Roxas’ publicly announced call to talk. She doubted the sincerity of Roxas wondering why Roxas didn’t just text o call her when he very well knew her number.


Grace Poe at the miting de avance. Photo by Luis Liwanag.

In her speech at her miting de avance in Plaza Miranda Saturday, Poe recalled how Roxas group insulted her and tried to sabotage her candidacy. “Kung naalala ninyo, sila rin naman ang nagsampa ng kaso laban sa akin e. Sila rin naman ang nagpa-disqualify sa akin sa Korte Suprema. ‘Nung hindi gumana ‘yun at ako ay tumakbo, ngayon nakikita nila may banta sa kabila, may banta raw sa ating demokrasya kaya kailangan ako ay umatras.”

Poe said she will continue with her candidacy because of the commitments she made with her supporters.

Fellow Malaya columnist JB Baylon, a communication executive said it best in Facebook page with a post titled, “A hopeless lot whose time is up.”

“The President and the Secretary are a hopeless lot. Time and again they have shown their propensity to misread the public. And in their scripted call to Grace Poe to in effect back out ‘to save this country from dictatorship’ they again demonstrate that ‘skill’. One they have mastered in the last six years.

“It was a neat attempt to try to pin on Grace the ‘blame’ of a Duterte win. But it was stupidity 101 from the moment the Secretary opened his mouth.

“First, survey after survey show that Grace and not Mar is the preferred second choice of voters. Which means more Mar voters will go to Grace than Grace voters to Mar.

“Second, the reason why Duterte is up and Grace is second is simple: it is a protest vote against the status quo. To ask one candidate for change to back down and support a candidate for the status quo is idiocy.

“Third, and this is my personal take: you ask this woman to be your VP; when she spurns you, you throw the book at her forcing her to subject herself to the legal processes. She wins. And now you want her to back out? To save your necks?

“Tama Na. You’ve been “sure” all these time that the public loved Daang Matuwid. Why the panic now?

“Your time is up. Read the tea leaves.

“I support Grace Poe. All the way.

“And I support the will of the People whatever that will be.

“This is democracy. Even if heavily tinged with karma.”

To this, I say, Amen.


TORDESILLAS


MANILA STANDARD

Palace hand seen in plan to oust Rody - Marcos assails ‘sinister plot’ posted May 11, 2016 at 12:01 am by Christine F. Herrera and Joel Zurbano


Contested count. Volunteers of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) go about their work at the Pope Pius Catholic Center in Manila on Tuesday. LINO SANTOS

SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Tuesday bared a “sinister plot” by the Palace to install his opponent in the vice presidential race, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, as president by ousting Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte by impeachment.

Marcos said he was convinced that reports reaching them of a “Plan B,” which would set Duterte up for ouster, were coming true.

“It looks like they are pushing through with Plan B because they are holding back the transmission of votes from my bailiwicks to make it appear that congresswoman Robredo is leading in the unofficial quick count,” Marcos said in an interview.

The senator said the administration would do anything to achieve its goal to put Robredo in power after President Benigno Aquino III declared that he would stop Marcos from becoming vice president.

Plan B, he said, would make it appear that Robredo, the President’s party mate in the ruling Liberal Party, was slowly catching up through preelection surveys to establish a fake trend.

“This will give them the justification for a Robredo win,” he said.

“Once she is elected vice president, impeachment proceedings will be carried out to remove Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as President and install Robredo as president,” Marcos said.


Robredo leads VP race by 36,876 votes ahead of Marcos early Tuesday INQUIRER HEADLINE MAY 10, 2016 06:06 AM

He said the Palace’s Plan B scenario was to ensure that “the president will still come from the Liberal Party and will remain in control of Malacañang since its standard bearer, Mar Roxas, will not win.”

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. dismissed talk of Plan B as “irresponsible and reckless.”

But Marcos said Plan B had begun with preelection surveys that showed Robredo gaining, and was continuing with the way the quick count results were being reported.

He said many of the results from his bialiwicks in the Solid North have not been reflected in the partial and unofficial quick count of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV). “There are still votes from Isabela, Pangasinan and different parts of the North that have yet to be tallied,” Marcos said.

He added some of the results have not yet been transmitted because of protests at the local level, but in other instances, he saw no reason for the delay.

This explained how his one-million lead before midnight Monday had vanished overnight by Tuesday morning, when Robredo overtook him in the unofficial quick count.

“They are making sure it looks like Robredo is leading by holding back my votes so that they don’t show up in the PPCRV count,” he said in Filipino.

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Marcos also disclosed that operators in Mindanao were also trying to manipulate the election results in the LP-controlled Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The senator, however, said he remains confident that when all the votes are tallied, he would still win.

“If you add all the votes that have not been transmitted, I’d be ahead,” he said.

Marcos said he would gather more evidence of the manipulation in preparation for filing a complaint.

“We have to watch this closely so that we can show we really won,” he said.


DE LA CRUZ

Abakada Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz, Marcos’ political campaign adviser, said the “suspicious and alarming trend” being shown while the nation was sleeping ran contrary to the internal survey conducted by their camp.

“We are certain that we will win this election. Our internal survey is quite reflective of the Social Weather Survey exit polls which showed that Senator Marcos led the vice presidential survey with 34.9 percent as against Rep. Leni Robredo’s 32.5 percent,” Dela Cruz said.

Marcos has set up a “quick count” action center in his campaign headquarters to monitor the conduct of elections and the election results.

Marcos said his quick-count nerve center would allow all his volunteers and supporters to report directly to him what was happening on the ground.

“We will closely watch the developments. This is our own way of monitoring the conduct of elections as well as the elections results. We intend to actively participate in ensuring clean, honest and credible elections,” he said.

Marcos repeated his call to the public to be vigilant and take extra efforts to guard their votes.

“We cannot overemphasize this to our voters. We all need to be involved in this endeavor because our future is at stake here,” he said.

“We need to guard our votes. It is the only way to make sure that our true collective sentiments will be reflected in the final results,” Marcos said.


MARCOS

Marcos has asked the Commission on Elections and the PPCRV to terminate the unofficial count of votes for vice president, which showed Robredo ahead.

“It is unfortunate that while the whole country was asleep the glitch in the canvassing occurred and from then on we saw a progression of so-called updates that showed an alarming and suspicious trend reducing our lead, contrary to the results of independent exit polls and our own internal surveys,” Dela Cruz said.

“As we speak we are sending an urgent request to the Comelec and the PPCRV to terminate the unofficial count, which now stands at 90.99 percent,” he added.

“In the past, the unofficial count was designed not to be completed to avoid the possibility of confusion and conflict with the official one. There is no reason for this not to be the norm this time around,” he said.

“Thus, although we are certain that if the unofficial count continues we will emerge victorious, we do not want the official canvass to be conducted by the National Board of Canvassers [NBOC] preempted by the unofficial count.”

Dela Cruz pointed out that many votes from Marcos bailiwicks have not been transmitted, including Ilocos Sur, with only 11 percent; Nueva Vizcaya, 12 percent; Apayao, 18 percent; Abra, 11 percent; Lanao del Norte, 12 percent; Zamboanga del Sur, 9 percent; and Sultan Kudarat, 22 percent as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

As of press time, Robredo garnered 13,364,461 votes to Marcos’ 13,194,150 votes.

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano came in third with 5,469,894 votes followed by Senator Francis Escudero with 4,599,961 votes, while Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Gregorio Honasan got 799,922 and 719, 266 votes, respectively.

Both Escudero and Trillanes have already conceded.


ESCUDERO, TRILLANES

Amor Amorado, head of Marcos’ quick count center, said their internal count was based on a copy of the certificates of canvass that their people on the ground have gathered.

Meanwhile, former Biliran congressman Glenn Chong also said the Comelec and the Smartmatic must explain the reduction in the votes of Escudero and the apparent addition of an almost similar amount of votes to Robredo.

He noted that at 5:30 a.m. this morning, votes for Senator Escudero went down from 4,486,335 as of 4:59 a.m. to 4,449,913 votes or a deduction of 36,442 votes while votes for Robredo rose from 13,014,447 to 13,050,113 votes. He said the reduction in Escudero’s vote of 36,422 votes is almost identical to the addition of 35,668 votes for Robredo.

Since there cannot be any transmission of a negative vote, Chong said it was not possible for the vote of one candidate to go down.

He pointed out that the results came out in two major TV networks, but have since been removed.

Chong, who claimed to be a victim of poll cheating in the 2010 elections, is now one of the leading transparency advocates in the automated elections.

He urged the camp of Marcos and other candidates who suspect poll irregularities to get audit logs of the votes from the precincts and the municipal board of canvassers as well as the statistical reports and transmission reports so investigators can cross-match the figures.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez, meanwhile, said the tight race between Marcos and Robredo highlighted the importance of overseas Filipinos in the electoral process.

“I think the clear message there is, gone are the times when the votes of the overseas voters are ignored,” Jimenez said.

Jimenez said the 400,000 votes from overseas would be crucial in a race where margins are so narrow.

So far, the Comelec has received results from Malaysia, Agaña in Guam, Yangon in Myanmar, Prague in Czech Republic, and the Vatican.

Earlier, Marcos cited irregularities in overseas absentee voting, where votes cast for him ended up with other vice presidential candidates. With Sandy Araneta


INQUIRER

From Spokesman Coloma - Palace ready, willing to work with Duterte By: Kristine Angeli Sabillo @KSabilloINQ INQUIRER.net 06:45 PM May 10th, 2016


Front-running presidential candidate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is prayed over by a supporter during a news conference shortly after voting. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Malacañang on Tuesday said it is ready to work with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who has yet to be proclaimed president.
“I have indicated our readiness and willingness to work with the incoming administration,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said during a Palace briefing.

Earlier in the day, Malacañang issued a statement accepting and expressing respect for the “verdict” of the people as unofficial and partial tallies show Duterte leading by at least five million votes.

The administration’s candidate, former secretary Mar Roxas, is tailing behind with around 23 percent of votes as opposed to Duterte’s 38 percent.

“The path of good governance or Daang Matuwid is already established as all presidential candidates spoke out against corruption, and in favor of continuing and expanding present pro-poor programs, and pursuing more initiatives to sustain the strong economy and achieve inclusive growth,” Coloma said.



Coloma also said the incoming administration will benefit from their work on good governance.

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“We have done our part in improving the systems, procedures and processes in making this more customer or citizen friendly; and our successors will find a strengthened bureaucracy that is steeped in the principles of good management as well as open and transparent and accountable transactions with the general public,” he said.

He said Duterte can expect a “more capable” and “more responsive” government workforce.

Coloma disagreed with those saying that Roxas’ loss and Duterte’s win was a “protest vote.”

He said people should not generalize and pointed out that all candidates vowed to continue the conditional cash transfer program, which is the centerpiece anti-poverty program of the Aquino administration.

“Kaya’t hindi naman makatwiran na sabihin na hindi matagumpay o walang saysay ‘yung mga ginawa ng ating kasalukuyang administrasyon,” he added.

(So it is not right to say that the current administration did not succeed or that its actions had no bearing.)

Asked if President Benigno Aquino III will congratulate Duterte, Coloma said they will have to wait.

“May tamang pagkakataon para sa mga nabanggit mo,” he told the reporter who asked.
(There is a right time for what you mentioned.)

He said Aquino’s election message showed that the President was open to the decision of the people and that he only has good wishes for the next administration. JE


MANILA STANDARD EDITORIAL

A call for change posted May 11, 2016 at 12:01 am



THE runaway victory of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, who ran on the promise of change, is a clear repudiation of the failed policies of the last six years.

It is encouraging that among the first things Duterte did after casting his vote Monday was to call for national unity and healing after a particularly vicious campaign.

“These past few days were quite virulent for all of us. This is part of a day’s work in the elections. I would like to reach my hand [out] to my opponents, let us begin the healing now,” Duterte said.

The candidate’s call for unity contrasted sharply with President Benigno Aquino III’s desperate, last-minute appeal a few days earlier to the other candidates to unite to stop Duterte.

Duterte’s appeal suggested a shared goal; the President’s call simply targeted a common enemy. Candidate Duterte asked everyone to come together; the President sought to divide us yet again.

If the new president must change anything first, he might want to start with the divisiveness that President Aquino engendered in his six years in office. Instead of wearing the pin of the Philippine flag on his lapel, Mr. Aquino insisted on wearing the yellow ribbon that represented his political faction, a subtle but constant reminder that he was President only to those who voted for him, and not to the rest of the country, and that if you were not in his camp, you were just out of luck.

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This was the same divisiveness that Mr. Aquino brought to his government, where one needed to be a friend, a political ally or a former classmate to land a plum position. In the Aquino administration, qualifications, performance and merit went out the window, and were replaced by the only thing that mattered to the President—personal and political loyalty.

This divisive approach guaranteed that the President would not benefit from the services of the best and the brightest, because no one political party can claim a monopoly on intelligence, expertise, talent and determination.

The disastrous effects of this approach are apparent to all, by way of city trains that regularly break down, a transportation agency that cannot even issue drivers licenses and car plates in a timely manner, and a government that is incapable of providing quick relief to Filipinos suffering from natural calamities such as storms and drought.

For far too long, we have suffered from divisions that Mr. Aquino encouraged. That is the first thing that must change.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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