Congratulations, President Elect Duterte
Although I am not a citizen, it is clear from the articles and commentary at this blog that I thought Mar Roxas would be the best President to take the Philippines forward with the continuity and growth needed to raise the nation out of poverty. Filipino voters determined otherwise. The choices for us the ‘losers’ becomes:
- Turn bitter and fight the new administration.
- Figure out how to help the new administration.
I choose the latter, although with the knowledge it may be the tougher path.
The Duterte government was properly elected. That is an explicit democratic truth. The new Executive leadership has earned its position under the terms of the Constitution and ruling agencies such as COMELEC.
There are institutions and laws in place that define the way a government is supposed to act, and public mechanisms like a free press and social media to act as public oversight, to the extent they are allowed to operate freely.
To that end, I wonder why one of my contrary tweets was forwarded to the Duterte organization on Election Day, almost as if a list of adversaries were already being compiled. For suppression? If that is the method of the new Administration, then I think it will not last long. That kind of Administration will be in for a tough time generating the unity and wealth needed to feed its hungry and evidently angry masses.
But if there is an earnest effort to act within the laws to build a unified, strong, productive nation . . . hey, I’m all for it.
I don’t expect to run an ‘anti’ blog. Or join in a revolutionary struggle.
I will write to seek ways to build, to grow, to argue civilly and honestly, and invite readers to do the same. I’ll try to be considerate that my way can’t be the only way. To be compassionate toward earnest men and women of good will. To reject bully tactics and insults. To run a forum for intelligent discussions that represents the Philippines as a thoughtful, forthright nation.
A new set of informal editorial guidelines for participation will be drawn up for this blog, generally centered on ways to avoid becoming a negative, complaining place. That will have to await my return from travels in a week or so.
Point of order: President Duterte is the peoples’ choice under lawful elections.
Congratulations to him and his organization for tapping a resonant chord with voters.
Best wishes to him in converting that support to good deeds for the entire nation.