in Camp Darapanan, on the citys outskirts Tacloban City (the epicenter of supertyphoon Haiyan destruction Cebu City (home. There were still reports of vote-buying, election violence, and cheating. Walls and roadsides across the country of 101 million people have been covered in campaign posters. The best is the enthusiasm, the excitement, and the energy of voters who insist on interacting directly with candidates and take seriously the right and responsibility to vote. But the countrys actual national sport may be the political election.
What can the nation expect now that Rodrigo Duterte has been confirmed as the winner of its presidential election? The Philippines was the first democracy in south-east Asia but there are good odds on the late dictators son, Ferdinand Marcos Jr, taking the vice-presidency.
In that election, Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos,., the son and namesake of the late dictator, lost to Congresswoman Leni Robredo, the widow of an interior secretary killed in a 2012 plane crash. Dutertes elevation has occasioned worries about the future of the Philippines. Many have compared his demagogic rise to that of Donald Trump, although Duterte says, trump is a bigot. That wait, though, is part of a problem. In places with armed adverse drug reaction thesis conflict, local authorities drew up detailed plans to deal with the various rebel groups in different parts of the country or with local political warlords who use threats of violence to coerce people to vote for certain candidates. Speaking last month, the man known as Duterte Harry said his presidency will be a bloody one. By that time, I was part of the anti-Marcos movement fighting the dictatorship. But it was not until nearly a month later, on 9 June, that congress declared him as the president-elect. Hes a hero in the country street kid to superstar to political contender and polls suggest he is almost guaranteed to win a seat. And yet Im heartened by the election results. He has promised to advise and dialogue with political enemies.