Otso Diretso demise, shows people yearns for continuity of reforms

Otso Diretso demise, shows people yearns for continuity of reforms




If this is a referendum of the presidency of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte then I say he passed it with flying colors, currently 8 out of the 12 front running senators in the unofficial tally of votes are allies of the President.
We can expect a dominated Duterte allies in the Senate, and that is also expected in the House of Representatives.

The Filipino electorate has spoken and that it wants the reforms started by the Duterte to continue.

Pres. Duterte's backed senatorial candidate dominate the Magic 12 senatorial tally (photo credit to owner)

Presidential Spokesperson and Chief legal counsel Atty. Salvador Panelo made the initial assessment after unofficial results released by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) showed at least eight of the current top 12 senatorial candidates were endorsed by the President.

“The victory of the administration’s candidates and the shut-out of the Otso Diretso candidates send a strong message that our people yearn for stability and continuity of the genuine reforms that the administration started. They yearn for a constructive – not obstructionist – Senate, which will help in crafting the President’s legislative agenda,” Panelo said in a statement.
Duterte continues to push for a shift to the federal system of government to spread wealth and resources evenly among the regions.

He said it was very clear that majority of the voting Filipinos prefer senators who would support Duterte’s legislative agenda.
“Undoubtedly, the Duterte magic spelled the difference. The overwhelming majority of the electorate ha(s) responded to the call of the President to support those whom he said would help pass laws supportive of his goal to uplift the masses of our people and give them comfortable lives they richly deserve,” Panelo said.
Panelo points out that Filipinos rejected the “negative propaganda” including the controversial issues, such as the extra-judicial killings, the drug war, West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), among others, used by the opposition against Duterte and his allies.

The Palace spokesperson lauded the Filipino electorate for “expressing their will in the strongest and unequivocal manner” by voting for administration-backed candidates.
He give thanks to the opposition candidates and their supporters for “fighting a good battle” and reminded them that while the Palace respects dissent, they should also respect the electoral majority’s choice of senators.
“As we have said, we respect dissent as it vitalizes the democracy of our nation. In the end, however, it is the will of the people that prevails,” Atty. Panelo said.

“While we expect dissent to continue, we hope that the same be demonstrated with fairness and within the bounds of the law, as well as with deference to the leaders duly chosen by the electorate,” he added.


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