By Kel Fabie
Most of us thought that come May 10, all the vitriol hurled at each other during the campaign would finally dissipate and we would now enter a new era of unity among Filipinos. After all, it’s not like anyone wants to dispute the results of the electi… oh, wait.
With some people still angry and clearly not satisfied with the results, others defensive about their choices while still others are just screaming that the sky is falling, we can’t wait for the next target date when change would finally come and we could all have no more problems ever again: June 30, the day of inauguration for our new President-elect, Rody Duterte.
8. We will discover how creative our Vice President can be.
Given that our fearless leader, the man willing to face the church, India, gays, differently abled people and reporters without batting an eyelash, is clearly not willing to hurt his OTP Bongbong Marcos, it looks like Leni Robredo has her work cut out for her.
Alan Peter who?!?
For all intents and purposes, the president could simply not give her anything to do, so any good she wants to accomplish would likely be in a lobbying or personal capacity. Officially, she is simply a spare tire, and if the president actively ignores her input, she would not really be able to push anything she wants without the numbers game being in her favor. This means our incoming Vice President has to be very creative in doing good. Let’s hope she’s up to the challenge.
7. Digong will quickly find out how ridiculous flying back and forth from Davao on a daily basis is.
Let’s not begrudge the incoming President’s flexi-time arrangement or his need for 8 hours of sleep: these are perfectly reasonable things to hope for on his part. However, to maximize his opportunities, I believe he should stay somewhere nearer Malacanang, or move his base of operations to someplace he doesn’t have to fly to, period.
Are you wondering why?
At his age, not only is flying on a regular basis a dangerous thing, it also exposes him to a lot of radiation over time.
6. Maybe, just maybe, Mocha Uson would finally shut up?
Mocha Uson is to Duterte as Carlos Celdran was to Mar Roxas. As a competition that’s a wash, but maybe once it’s all official and he’s finally in power, Mocha will run out of things to fight for because her change has already come.
Pictured: an interpretive dance depicting the class struggle and the futility of a disempowered nation finally finding hope in a benevolent totalitarian. Maybe.
If not, it’s fine. We’ve put up with Cynthia Patag for six years, too.
5. We will see how we will be looking in the international community for the next six years.
A lot of dignitaries will be present during June 30, and the coverage of that event will definitely hit the international press. Based on the tenor of those reports, we would have a pretty good idea how Digong’s term is going to initially be viewed by the international community, and it’s a good idea to adjust accordingly.
“Okay, guys. Let’s dial it down from here, please?”