WITH so many problems comfronting the nation, notably the devastated economy, the incoming administration may find it very difficult to establish a new era for the Filipino people.
The successor of President Duterte is seen to find himself fighting an uphill battle against illegal drugs, corruption, unemployment, homelessness and skyrocketing prices of everything.
While the outgoing Chief Executive appears determined to fulfill his poll campaign promises in 2016, observers said, “Wala na siyang sapat na panahon para matupad ang mga ito.”
The six-year presidency of tough-talking Duterte ends at 12 noon on June 30, 2022. His successor and other national and local government officials will be elected on May 9, 2022.
In fact, the eight-day filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) for the forthcoming balloting starts Friday, October 1, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
But the official campaign period for those seeking national posts, including the President, Vice President, Senator and party-list groups, starts on Feb. 8, 2022, which is 90 days before election day.
On the other hand, those running for local positions, like governor, mayor and district congressmen, may start campaigning on March 25, 2022, which is 45 days before May 9.
It is certainly unfortunate that the crippling coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues to sabotage all efforts to speed up the socio-economic development of the country.
And the question arises: Are the men and women running for public office in 2022 ready to set aside their many differences for the benefit of the country and the more than 110 million Filipinos?
Ito ay magandang tanong.