THE last lap of the six-year administration of tough-talking President Duterte is an opportune time for the Filipino people to work in unison despite their many differences.
With so many problems, notably the paralyzing COVID-19 pandemic, confronting the people, we cannot overemphasize the importance of setting aside these differences.
But this is better said than done because 2022 is an election year, when the country’s more than 60 million registered voters go to the polls to elect the successor of President Duterte.
And note that the eight-day filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) for the May 9, 2022 presidential, congressional and local elections starts on October 1.
“Ngayon pa lang nga ay nagkakandarapa na ang mga lider ng ibat-ibang partido sa pagpili ng kani-kanilang mga kandidato sa darating na eleksyon,” said a newly-registered voter.
To do otherwise or to drag things out is “political suicide” in this graft-prone nation, according to the new voter, who is against vote-buying and vote-selling during elections.
We share the view of the new voter that vote-buying or vote-selling is totally wrong.
During the remaining 48 Thursdays of the Duterte presidency, which ends at 12 noon on June 30, 2022, the people are still hopeful of seeing the recovery of the local economy.
In the view of various quarters, the Filipino people’s willingness to set aside their differences will play a key role in the success of government efforts to fight the global health crisis.
Tama nga naman!