Enough is Enough, Let’s Move On

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The people have spoken through their votes.  Rodrigo Duterte is the next president of the Philippines and Leni Robredo is leading the count to be the elected vice-president.

Let’s move on and let the elective process continue, take its course, and end.  Mar, Grace and Jojo have conceded to Rody.  All the other VP candidates, except Bongbong, have all but accepted that Leni won.

But there is a lot of noise, static – and a lot of negative press, social media trolls preaching misinformation and hate – specifically targeting Mar, Leni, and PNoy.  People say that the Philippines has the freest press in the whole world (that was before the Internet).  And now, with social media, we have seen nothing yet.  Every Tom, Dick, and Harry (or should I say Tomas, Ricardo, and Enrique) can express themselves freely in social media.

The misinformation, vitriolic language, and negative press have come mainly from the Bongbong camp and the PNoy haters. I’m not so sure if both groups are instigated and bankrolled by the same individuals or if majority of them belong to both groups.

Bongbong – let the counting continue and come to an end; all these accusations of cheating are self-serving.  Does no good to anyone.  Baseless accusations.  Comelec, Smartmatic, etc. Show proof and the people might listen.  Let this go. You may even win but accept the results like a gentleman.

PNoy haters – The world and majority of Filipinos have seen the accomplishments of PNoy.  He may have not pleased everyone; he may have not alleviated poverty, stopped tanim-bala, let MRT run smoothly, handled the aftermath of Mamasapano wrong (but was not responsible for it), but he has started the anti-corruption campaign and has laid the groundwork for foreign investment and economic growth.  President-elect Duterte is even planning to continue PNoy’s economic policies.  So PNoy haters – let this go.

Jose Ma. Sison – You were in exile for a long time but give Duterte a chance to start his term on a clean slate without agitation.

Internet Trolls (Positive and Negative) – Keep the noise down.  If you have nothing good to say, simply keep quiet.  We need to move forward.

The presidential election was very divisive and, now that it is over, let us begin the healing and be as one people, one nation, and have one purpose – a better Philippines.

Everyone is ready to move on.

President-elect Duterte has started the healing process, has expressed a conciliatory tone and talked of unity.  Let us begin a new chapter in the Philippines and give our new president a chance and support him and his administration.

Galen S. Altavas

Galen Altavas has worked in both the private and public sectors both in the Philippines and the United States, as a rural banker, fishpond operator, marketing manager, financial analyst, IT manager and IT project manager. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Ateneo de Manila University and an MBA in Finance from the Seattle University in Seattle, WA. He resides in Baybay, Roxas City, Philippines and Seattle, WA.