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After heated polls, it’s time to heal

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At least 15 more candidates and supporters were killed on the eve of the May 9 election and on the day of election itself, raising to almost 40 those killed and much more wounded in the just concluded heated national and local elections. But just the same, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police (PNP) described the political exercise as one of the most peaceful and orderly elections in the country in many years. And this nation’s leaders and citizens seem to agree, despite pockets of violence, especially in remote areas.


And the election also appeared on record as one of the most transparent with quick counting of results by the citizens’ arm of the Commission on Elections. In fact, a day and at the most two days after the election, many local candidates – governors, mayors, vice mayors, councillors and congressmen have been proclaimed and the results of the presidential election known. Except for the official canvassing of votes by the National Board of Canvassers, the Senate and the House of Representatives combined acting as such, the country’s next president and vice president plus the 12 councillors are known by the public. In that unofficial counting, maverick Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte appeared headed in a landslide victory with close to 16 million already and over 6 million votes plurality over his closest rival, former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II. President Aquino has in fact even congratulated Duterte as Senator Grace Poe and Roxas conceded defeat. In the race for the second top most position, Sen.  Ma. Leonor Robredo is winning over Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. but the result is too close that a winner has not been projected.


As the country awaits with great anticipation the next President and leaders, it is time for the country to now heal the wounds created by the campaign. Mr. Duterte himself pitched for the political healing, saying “let’s all unite and be friends again.” Yes, indeed, because the most important is that the country can resolve problems and issues confronting it in order for the country to move forward and progress. Meanwhile, let us join hands as responsible citizens with Mr.  Duterte and his team for the good of our country. For without support and unity, failure will loom in the horizon and we will all be the losers.


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