DAVAO CITY - Filipinos continue to celebrate the victory of Rodrigo Duterte as the new President of the Republic of the Philippines.
Duterte, who was the mayor of Davao City, before he decides to run for the presidency, vowed to implement genuine reforms in government and fight criminality with an iron fist in shortest time possible.
He also reached out to his political adversaries and told them that the elections were over and it is time to heal the country. Duterte appealed to politicians - especially the lawmakers and local government leaders - to join him in his endeavor and support his programs to achieve political and economic stability in the country.
Duterte won by a landslide despite reports of alleged massive cheating and vote-buying by Liberal Party members of President Aquino.
Duterte is yet to choose who will comprise his Cabinet and would soon name other advisors who would help him craft economic and foreign policies, among others.
Bit this early, many Filipinos and political supporters of Duterte wanted Benigno Aquino and his cohorts charge in court in connection with various corruption allegations involving many controversial issuea, among them the Disbursement Acceleration Program and Pantawid Pamilyang Program.
They are also demanding the release of Commission on Audit reports on all suspicious government programs, especially the use of funds of Department of Public Works and Highways and Department of Education and Department of Social Welfare and Development.
In Sulu province, Reelectionist Gov. Totoh Tan has won a second term in a landslide victory against two Muslim politicians. Tan won by more than 70% against Cocoy Tulawie and Wahid Sahidula who tailed poorly behind.
His running mate, Nurunisah Tan, also won by a huge margin against former mayor Munib Estino. In Zamboanga City, re-electionist Mayor Beng Climaco also won by a landslide against former police chief Mario Yanga. Climaco's supporters rejoiced her victory despite massive black propaganda and smear campaign launched by her political opponents. Elections in both Sulu and Zamboanga were generally peaceful, police said.
President Rodrigo Duterte